Cramer, Hoeven Vote to Kill Internet Privacy Protections

Cramer and Hoeven.

Internet providers will be able to collect and sell your online history without your permission, thanks to federal legislation that received “yes” votes this month from Rep. Kevin Cramer and Sen. John Hoeven, Republicans of North Dakota.

Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) voted against the resolution that the Washington Post reports will let Internet providers like Verizon and Comcast “sell their users’ information directly to marketers, financial firms and other companies that mine personal data — all of whom could use the data without consumers’ consent.”


The House approved the resolution yesterday in a 215-205 vote along party lines, with all but 15 Republicans supporting it. The resolution passed the Senate last week 50-48. President Trump is expected to sign it.


The resolution reverses online privacy protections written by the Federal Communications Commission last year. Those protections would have let Internet users stop their providers “from sharing sensitive personal information, such as app and browsing histories, mobile location data and other information generated while using the Internet.”

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