RECENT VOTES

Your Internet Searches Are Going on Sale

On March 28, 2017 the House considered S.J. Res. 34, Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) relating to Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services. This legislation nullifies the following FCC rule: Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Service.

The practical impact of cancelling this rule is significant and deeply disturbing. Once the President signs this measure, internet service providers (ISPs) will be able to collect and sell our personal data without telling us or asking permission. This includes browsing history, personal information about us and our families, financial information, app usage and so much more. Just think about all the information you and your family members search for on the internet. You might not care if your ISP shares the news that you searched for a new home or a living room set or the updated recycling schedule for your community. What if your child is ill and you are concerned about her symptoms or the side effects of a prescribed medication? Or your mother has been diagnosed with a disease and you want to learn more about it? All of this information will now be available without your consent and you canít do anything about it. I really cannot understand why anyone would think this is a good idea. I am so concerned about this issue that I spoke twice on the floor (see below for links). I voted NO. S.J. Res. 34 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

215

15

0

6

DEMOCRAT

0

190

0

3

TOTAL

215

205

0

9

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

9

0

0

VIDEO CLIPS: As of this morning more than 2,500,000 have viewed the video clips of my Floor Speeches on Internet Privacy. Most of those views have come on commercial sites such as Now This, Young Turks and ATTN. If you want to watch them, they are posted on our Facebook page.

PETITION: I started a petition with Rep. Mike Doyle asking the President to veto S.J. Res. 34 - don't let internet providers spy on us and sell our online data.