Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Goal: Do not dismantle regulations that protect the consumers’ privacy online.
Landmark internet privacy protections put in place by the Obama administration could be lost after the Senate voted to dismantle them. If the House of Representatives follows suit, consumer protections will be forfeited and our information put at risk, just for the benefit of big telecommunication and cable companies, who can use this information for profit.
Without rules to prevent it, companies like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T can track people’s browsing and app use, collect data, and even sell sensitive personal information. They will no longer be required to ask permission to collect this information, or even to secure consumer data against hacking. As Senator Edward J. Markey said, “Senate Republicans just made it easier for Americans’ sensitive information about their health, finances and families to be used, shared and sold to the highest bidder without their permission.” Sign below to prevent this gross violation of American citizens’ privacy.
Dear Speaker Ryan,
The measure to dismantle the Obama administrations’ internet privacy regulations that protect consumers is unacceptable. Subscribers have little to no competitive choice in internet providers, and allowing giant telecommunication and cable companies to track our private information without our consent is a violation of our rights.
Consumers have a right to keep their sensitive personal information private. It follows that companies must be required to ask permission from the consumer before tracking their internet or app use. Consumers should be able to expect reasonable protection of their information from hacking and from being sold to the highest bidder without their consent. I urge you to save our internet privacy protections.
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