We just got news that the House will vote Tuesday, March 28 on a bad bill passed last week in the Senate that, according to Indivisible, “eliminates privacy protections for internet users as a favor to the cable and telephone industry.”
Thank you to the Indivisible Guide Team for their work on this issue.
S.J. Res. 34, strongly opposed by our Senators, passed the Senate on a party line vote, and is now up for a vote in the House. This bill would roll back hard won Obama-era Federal Communications Commission protections and allow broadband internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to sell your internet activity data (including location and web browsing data) to the highest bidder.
Sample Call Script
Hello, I am [name], [town-county-zip]. I am a constituent of Congressman Faso. I am calling to ask him protect my internet privacy and to vote against S.J. Resolution 34. How is Rep. Faso planning to vote?
OPTION 1: OPPOSES S.J.RES. 34.
Thank you. I’m pleased to hear that he supports privacy for internet users. If he is truly concerned about protecting his/her constituents, please ask Rep. Faso also issue a public statement about why this bill is bad for consumers and why he is against allowing companies like Comcast and Verizon to sell their customer’s personal data to the highest bidder.
OPTION 2: SUPPORTS S.J.RES. 34.
That’s terrible. I’m disappointed that he would choose to look out for corporate interests — this time Comcast and Verizon, rather than me, his constituent. This bill would eliminate critical privacy protections for me when I use the internet and also allow corporations to sell my personal information to the highest bidder.
IF STAFFER SAYS: Of course the Representative supports privacy, but this regulation unfairly targets internet service providers while letting websites like Google and Facebook off the hook.
No, that’s not the same at all. Internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon have the ability to collect more consumer data than websites, and many consumers don’t have a choice about their provider. Worse, using S.J.Res. 34 to repeal this protection also prevents the Federal Communications Commission from ever writing similar rules. Rep. Faso should side with us, his constituents, instead of with corporations.
OPTION 3: DODGES/HAS NO POSITION
That’s disappointing to hear. This bill will be voted on this Tuesday, and would roll back critical protections that would allow internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon to sell data about our online activities. Our personal information should not be made available to the highest bidder. Rep. Faso needs to vote to protect us, not to benefit corporations.
Phone Numbers for Congressman Faso are here.
Sample Tweet to Rep. Faso
Stand w/people, not corps @RepFaso Protect #broadbandprivacy & keep my info fr being sold to 3rd parties, highest bidder. No on SJ Res 34.