Senate Votes to Repeal Internet Privacy Rules

The Senate has voted to repeal internet privacy rules enacted under President Obama:

According to the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October under then-President Barack Obama, internet providers would need to obtain consumer consent before using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children's information and web browsing history for advertising and internal marketing.

The vote was a victory for internet providers such as AT&T Inc (T.N), Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) and Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N), which had strongly opposed the rules.

Excessive intrusive advertising, especially auto-play video and non-properly scaled, ad-laden and ugly-as* news websites have already ruined the internet. [More...]

The internet already has inadequate privacy protection, requires too many passwords, gets slower all the time due to so much garbage loading in the background, and takes up too much of my time. Less privacy protection will only ensure I use it less.

As for Twitter Pro: In your dreams. Never would I pay for something so unimportant to my life. If Netflix and Amazon Prime add ads, they'll see the door as well.

Targeted ads are the enemy. You should visit every one of your service providers (Comcast, Google, credit card companies) and opt-out. Read the privacy notices that come in the mail and save them.

I keep my computer speakers off and turn them on only when I want to watch a specific video. I refuse to link to any site with auto-play video. My browsers are set to dump my cookie and website viewing history every time I log off. There are online news media sites in other countries that pay for the right to reprint U.S. news articles and don't have the ugly ads, videos and pop-ups. Read them instead.

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    Thanks, Jeralyn (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by jimakaPPJ on Thu Mar 23, 2017 at 10:12:12 PM EST
    I'll be on the phone first thing in the AM to my senators and rep with an email f/u.

    May not get anything done but at least I will have tried.

    Hell yeah... (none / 0) (#9)
    by kdog on Fri Mar 24, 2017 at 11:53:50 AM EST
    Let those electronic message F*ck You's rain Jim!

    Some people claim that it's a waste of time (none / 0) (#15)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sat Mar 25, 2017 at 10:39:40 AM EST
    And I agree that on complaints about a single issue it probably doesn't change a thing.

    But I think most politicians are like children. You have to keep after them time and again and then maybe...just maybe they do better the next time.


    After Little Fingers... (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by kdog on Fri Mar 24, 2017 at 10:47:40 AM EST
    signs it into law (pending Pence/Bannon approval), we should take up a collection and buy the browsing histories of the 50 Republican Senators.  

    Can't beat 'em, blackmail 'em!

    The reason I subscribe to Netflix and Amazon (none / 0) (#8)
    by ruffian on Fri Mar 24, 2017 at 11:36:56 AM EST
    is to get things WITHOUT ads...if they add ads I am leaving too.

    The ads in the twitter app on my phone are pretty unobtrusive. I would not go to a pro version to avoid them.I wonder if they will make them more obnoxious on the free app?

    In total agreement with you on autoplay anything. It makes me do less web wide ranging web browsing. I only go to the sites I know and like.

    Remember (none / 0) (#10)
    by Steve13209 on Fri Mar 24, 2017 at 12:25:02 PM EST
    we originally paid money for cable TV because it didn't have advertising.

    same for Sirius (none / 0) (#11)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Mar 24, 2017 at 12:53:24 PM EST
    and it has more commercials than news on CNN, Fox and MSNBC -- total waste of time.

    i honestly think (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Mar 24, 2017 at 01:34:31 PM EST
    we are on the ...brink...verge...of a whole new way of delivering things like "cable".

    they are busy busy busy laying T1 lines even here in Hooterville.  

    the status qou is not sustainable.


    which will likely also bring (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Mar 25, 2017 at 08:04:09 AM EST
    whole new ways to deliver commercials

    Yep (none / 0) (#14)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Mar 25, 2017 at 09:30:26 AM EST
    I remember the days of constant pop up ads and then once you got a way to block them the advertising companies figured out another way.