“Hello. My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Rep. __________'s in ____________, California. I’m calling to ask Rep. __________ to help protect my privacy on the internet by voting against the bill that would allow Internet Service Providers to sell my personal information to advertisers without my approval. My browsing history and my use of internet apps is information that should belong only to me. Instead of lowering the privacy standards for ISPs to match those for Google and Facebook, Congress should be raising everyone's standards to protect my information as much as possible. Thank you!
Last week, on a party-line basis, Senate Republicans voted to revoke new FCC rules that require internet service providers (ISPs) to tell consumers about any personal information they are collecting, and how it is being used or shared. The rules require ISPs to obtain users' consent before they can sell information, such as customers' locations or browsing histories, to advertisers. Republicans argue that these rules are too stringent -- far more stringent than those imposed upon other internet firms that collect personal data, such as Facebook and Google. (Those firms are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission, not the FCC.)
Senate Republicans passed their bill revoking the FCC's rules using the Congressional Review Act, which allows them to overturn recently passed regulations without clearing a filibuster. In addition to nullifying the current privacy rules -- which have not yet gone into effect -- the bill, which now awaits action by the House, would prevent the FCC from creating similar regulations in the future. For more information: