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BREAKING: House of Representatives votes to gut Internet privacy rules

Posted 17:18 EDT on March 28, 2017

Fight for the Future will unleash billboards to expose lawmakers who take large contributions from ISPs

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 28, 2017
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

The U.S. House of Representatives just voted 215 - 205 to gut the FCC’s Internet privacy rules that prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast and Verizon from selling their customer’s personal information to advertisers without their consent. The measure already passed the Senate last week, so it will now head to the President’s desk for signing.

Yesterday, digital rights group Fight for the Future, known for organizing massive protests against SOPA and for net neutrality announced that they will put up billboards with the names of every member of Congress who voted to sell off their constituent’s privacy rights.

“Today Congress proved once again that they care more about the wishes of the corporations that fund their campaigns than they do about the safety and security of their constituents,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future.

“Gutting these privacy rules won’t just allow Internet Service Providers to spy on us and sell our personal information, it will also enable more unconstitutional mass government surveillance, and fundamentally undermine our cybersecurity by making our sensitive personal information vulnerable to hackers, identity thieves, and foreign governments,” she added.

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The group released a draft mock-up of what the initial billboard – which will be unveiled in Washington, DC and in select districts – will look like, with the names of the 50 Senators who voted for the bill last week. Today they tweeted a mock-up of a billboard targeting Rep Marsha Blackburn, who has taken nearly $700,000 in contributions from telecom companies over her career.

“Congress should know by now that when you come for the Internet, the Internet comes for you,” Greer added, “these billboards are just the beginning. People from across the political spectrum are outraged, and every lawmaker who votes to take away our privacy will regret it come election day.”

The public backlash following the party-line vote in the Senate clearly had an impact, as 15 Republicans broke ranks to vote against the controversial measure.

By using the CRA to gut the FCC broadband privacy rules, lawmakers voted to allow ISPs to:

-Monitor and sell customer’s location data, search history, app usage, and browsing habits to advertisers without your permission

-Hijack customer’s search results, redirecting their traffic to paying third parties

-Insert ads into web pages that would otherwise not have them

Fight for the Future was instrumental in the massive grassroots campaign that successfully pushed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enact the strongest net neutrality protections in US. history last year. They built the page BattleForTheNet.com, which was responsible for more than ¼ of all the net neutrality comments received by the FCC during its feedback process, and were behind the Internet Slowdown protest, which was supported by more than 40,000 websites including some of the largest on the Web like Kickstarter, Etsy, Netflix, and Tumblr.  

The group also helped take the fight for net neutrality into the streets with creative protest campaigns like Occupy the FCC and the nationwide Internet Emergency protests.

Fight for the Future is best known for their role in the massive online protests against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and continues to organize many of the largest protests in the history of the Internet. Over the summer, they organized the high profile Rock Against the TPP tour featuring many celebrities and well known musicians. Learn more at FightFortheFuture.org

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URGENT: Congress votes today on whether to gut Internet privacy. Contact the House Freedom Caucus!

Posted 14:31 EDT on March 28, 2017

The House of Representatives will vote today on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to gut the FCC’s broadband privacy rules that prevent Internet Service Providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon from selling your personal information – like browsing history and real-time location – to advertisers without your consent.

CLICK HERE TO CALL YOUR REPS

The rules that could be repealed also prevent ISPs from injecting ads into your web browsing, installing undetectable software on your devices to track your activity, and deploying systems to undermine encryption. When ISPs collect and store this information, they will also be making it available to the Federal government and law enforcement through bulk surveillance programs.

The measure passed the Senate last week, and it was a strict party line vote with 50 members of the GOP voting to gut the rules. Given that many members of the House Freedom Caucus have taken strong previous stands for American’s right to privacy, it’s very important that we make sure they know that voters from across the spectrum want them to oppose this attack on our basic rights. Below are the names, phone numbers, and twitter handles. Please contact them now. The vote could come within hours.

Here’s a sample script of what you can say if you call:

“Hi, I’m calling to ask REP NAME to protect my Internet privacy and vote against the Congressional Review Act bill coming before the House today to gut the FCC’s broadband privacy rules. Please pass my message along to the Representative. Thank you.”

Mark Meadows
(202) 225-6401
@RepMarkMeadows

Justin Amash
(202) 225-3831
@justinamash

Brian Babin
(202) 225-1555
@RepBrianBabin

Joe Barton
(202) 225-2002
@RepJoeBarton ‏

Rod Blum
(202) 225-2911
@RepRodBlum ‏

Dave Brat
(202) 225-2815
@RepDaveBrat

Jim Bridenstine
(918) 935-3222
@RepJBridenstine

Mo Brooks
(202) 225-4801
@RepMoBrooks

Ken Buck
(202) 225-4676
@RepKenBuck

Warren Davidson
(202) 225-6205
@WarrenDavidson

Ron DeSantis
(202) 225-2706
@RepDeSantis

Scott DesJarlais
(202) 225-6831
@DesJarlaisTN04

Jeff Duncan
(202) 225-5435
@RepJeffDuncan

Trent Franks
(202) 225-4576
@RepTrentFranks

Tom Garrett Jr.
(202) -225-4711
@GarrettforVA

Louie Gohmert
(202) 225-3035
@replouiegohmert

Paul Gosar
(202) 225-2315
@RepGosar

Morgan Griffith
(202) 225-3861
@RepMGriffith

Andy Harris
(202) 225-5311
@RepAndyHarrisMD

Jody Hice
(202) 225-4101
@CongressmanHice

Jim Jordan
(202) 225-2676
@Jim_Jordan

Raúl Labrador
(202) 225-6611
@Raul_Labrador

Alex Mooney
(202) 225-2711
@RepAlexMooney

Gary Palmer
(202) 225-4921
@USRepGaryPalmer

Steve Pearce
(202) 225-2365
@RepStevePearce

Scott Perry
(202) 225-5836
@RepScottPerry

Bill Posey
(202) 225-3671
@congbillposey

Mark Sanford
(202) 225-3176
@RepSanfordSC

David Schweikert
(202) 225-2190
@RepDavid

Randy Weber
(202) 225-2831
@TXRandy14

Ted Yoho
202-225-5744
@RepTedYoho

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Fight for the Future to unleash billboards to expose Congress members who vote to gut Internet privacy rules

Posted 12:30 EDT on March 27, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 27, 2017
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

House of Representatives expected to vote tomorrow on Congressional Review Act resolution to slash FCC rules that prevent ISPs from selling customer data to advertisers

Digital rights group Fight for the Future, known for organizing massive protests against SOPA and for net neutrality, has announced that – if the bill passes – they will unleash billboards with the names of every member of Congress who votes to gut the FCC’s Internet privacy rules that prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast and Verizon from selling their customer’s personal information to advertisers without their consent.

The group released a draft mock-up of what the initial billboard – which will be unveiled in Washington, DC and in select districts – will look like, with the names of the 50 Senators who voted for the bill last week. They plan to launch a crowdfunding campaign to place additional in-district billboards in key lawmakers back yards, which will also include information about how much money in campaign contributions key lawmakers took from the telecom industry.

“Congress should know by now that when you come for the Internet, the Internet comes for you,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, “these billboards are just the beginning. People from across the political spectrum are outraged, and every lawmaker who votes to take away our privacy will regret it come election day.”

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the measure as soon as tomorrow. Fight for the Future is running an online campaign to stop the bill at SaveBroadbandPrivacy.org

By using the CRA to gut the FCC broadband privacy rules, lawmakers are voting to allow ISPs to:

  • Monitor and sell customer’s location data, search history, app usage, and browsing habits to advertisers without your permission
  • Hijack customer’s search results, redirecting their traffic to paying third parties
  • Insert ads into web pages that would otherwise not have them

Fight for the Future was instrumental in the massive grassroots campaign that successfully pushed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enact the strongest net neutrality protections in US. history last year. They built the page BattleForTheNet.com, which was responsible for more than ¼ of all the net neutrality comments received by the FCC during its feedback process, and were behind the Internet Slowdown protest, which was supported by more than 40,000 websites including some of the largest on the Web like Kickstarter, Etsy, Netflix, and Tumblr.  

The group also helped take the fight for net neutrality into the streets with creative protest campaigns like Occupy the FCC and the nationwide Internet Emergency protests.

Fight for the Future is best known for their role in the massive online protests against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and continues to organize many of the largest protests in the history of the Internet. Over the summer, they organized the high profile Rock Against the TPP tour featuring many celebrities and well known musicians. Learn more at FightFortheFuture.org

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BREAKING: Senate Votes to Gut Broadband Privacy Rules

Posted 13:26 EDT on March 23, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 23, 2017
Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457, press@fightforthefuture.org

Statement from digital rights group Fight for the Future on Senate use of Congressional Review Act to sell Internet users’ personal information to the highest bidder

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to use the Congressional Review Act to gut the FCC’s broadband privacy rules that prevent Internet Service Providers like Comcast and Verizon from selling their customer’s personal information to advertisers without permission. Fight for the Future, a leading digital rights group that played an instrumental role in securing the FCC rules last year, issued the following statement, which can be attributed to campaign director, Evan Greer (pronouns: she/her):

“Today, 50 members of the U.S. Senate voted to sell their constituents most personal information to the highest bidder.

They used a blatantly undemocratic Congressional procedure to gut basic protections that prevent Internet Service Providers like Comcast and Verizon from selling their customers personal information to marketers without their permission.

These lawmakers – many of whom accept large campaign contributions from the industry groups who lobbied for this move – should be ashamed that they allowed partisan politics and corporate corruption to strip Internet users of our right to use the web safely and privately.

The controversial measure passed by a narrow margin. This is evidence that many members of Congress are still scared of angering the Internet. And they should be. Internet users are increasingly aware of how legislation and FCC rules impact our basic rights, and we are prepared to fight to defend them.

The Senators who voted today to sell out their constituents privacy will soon learn that the money they get from Cable companies can’t buy back our trust.”

By using the CRA to gut the FCC broadband privacy rules, Senators voted to allow ISPs to:

  • Monitor and sell all your location data, search history, app usage, and browsing habits to advertisers without your permission
  • Hijack your search results, redirecting your traffic to paying third parties
  • Insert ads into web pages that would otherwise not have them

Fight for the Future was instrumental in the massive grassroots campaign that successfully pushed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enact the strongest net neutrality protections in US. history last year. They built the page BattleForTheNet.com, which was responsible for more than ¼ of all the net neutrality comments received by the FCC during its feedback process, and were behind the Internet Slowdown protest, which was supported by more than 40,000 websites including some of the largest on the Web like Kickstarter, Etsy, Netflix, and Tumblr.  

The group also helped take the fight for net neutrality into the streets with creative protest campaigns like Occupy the FCC and the nationwide Internet Emergency protests.

Fight for the Future is best known for their role in the massive online protests against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and continues to organize many of the largest protests in the history of the Internet. Over the summer, they organized the high profile Rock Against the TPP tour featuring many celebrities and well known musicians. Learn more at FightFortheFuture.org

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Congress votes TODAY on whether to gut the FCC’s broadband privacy rules

Posted 11:33 EDT on March 23, 2017

Today, Thursday, March 23rd, Congress will vote on whether to use a special legislative mechanism called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to roll back the FCC’s landmark broadband privacy rules for Internet Service Providers (like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon) that many of us fought hard for last year.. The 22 senators behind this controversial resolution have received more than $1.6 million from the very same companies that would profit from this.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION NOW!

If these privacy protections are removed, ISPs will be able to do the following:

  • Monitor and sell all your location data, search history, app usage, and browsing habits to advertisers without your permission
  • Hijack your search results, redirecting your traffic to paying third parties
  • Insert ads into web pages that would otherwise not have them

Read the full text of the resolution here.

This is going to be a close vote. Below are the names, numbers, and twitter handles of key members of Congress who could vote to uphold current broadband privacy rules.

If you want to call them now to ask them to protect our privacy, here’s a sample script you could use:

“Hi, my name is ____ , I’m calling to ask Senator ____ to vote against the CRA proposal to roll back the FCC’s broadband privacy rules. Please don’t let Internet Service Providers sell my personal information without my permission.”

You can also tweet at your representatives, something like:

Dear @RepTwitterHandle please protect #BroadbandPrivacy. Don’t let ISPs sell my personal information.

Here are the key lawmakers:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski * (202) 224-6665 * @lisamurkowski

Sen. Susan Collins * (202) 224-2523 * @SenatorCollins

Sen. Jerry Moran * (202) 224-6521 * @JerryMoran

Sen. Cory Gardner * (202) 224-5941 * @SenCoryGardner

Sen. Benjamin Sasse * (202) 224-4224 * @BenSasse

Sen. Dean Heller * (202) 224-6244 * @SenDeanHeller

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