Objection to Repeal of Privacy Rule

On March 28, The House of Representatives passed S.J.Res. 34 – Disapproving the Federal Communications Commission’s Rule on Privacy of Customers of Broadband ServicesS.J.Res. 34 which would nullify the Federal Communications Commission’s final rule titled “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunication Services,” 81 Fed. Reg. 87274 (December 2, 2016).

Our private and personal information should not be for sale, not even with consent.  ISPs cannot be compared to the providers of content and web-based services because a) the Internet users must use an ISP to access the Internet and b) ISPs have no legitimate reason to collect personal information.  Other way around, Congress should consider limiting aggregation and abuse of personal information by the content and web-based services providers.

There are many areas in which the Internet Service Providers are subjected to unfair restrictions under the slogan of net neutrality, but the duty to protect privacy of the subscribers is not one of them.

Based on my 20+ years experience in the software and Internet industries, I petition President Trump to not sign S.J.Res. 34 into law.