Senator Markey Blasts GOP Roll-back of Broadband Privacy Protections

Washington (March 23, 2017) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released the following statement today after Senate Republicans voted to undo the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules by utilizing the Congressional Review Act.

 

“President Trump may be outraged by fake violations of his own privacy, but every American should be alarmed by the very real violation of privacy that will result of the Republican roll-back of broadband privacy protections. 

 

“With today’s vote, Senate Republicans have just made it easier for American’s sensitive information about their health, finances and families to be used, shared, and sold to the highest bidder without their permission. The American public wants us to strengthen privacy protections, not weaken them. We should not have to forgo our fundamental right to privacy just because our homes and phones are connected to the internet.

 

“The Republican war on the free and open internet has arrived, and I will continue to fight so that the few and powerful do not control the internet.”