The Government Wants to Control the Internet - and the Left Continues to Distort the Privacy Debate

| MAY 15, 2017 | 3:37 PM

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Since Congress rightfully rejected an effort by the Obama-era Federal Election Commission (FCC) to impose new regulations on Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the left has been working overtime spinning tales, making outrageous and exaggerated claims, and even threatening to violate the law. Their efforts to expose the Internet browsing history of members of Congress is the latest chapter in a book of lies.

Since the days of dial-up service and companies like CompuServe and Prodigy, consumers have been protected from fraud and violations of personal privacy by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). While aggressively protecting consumers, they have also allowed the Internet to flourish and grow.

Americans have more choices and options at higher speeds and lower costs than ever before. Unfortunately, that true American success story does not sit well with liberals who are intent on transforming the Internet into a government agency or utility, like your local power company.

Over the protestations of the FTC and their staff, the FCC pushed through on a partisan vote in the waning hours of the Obama White House a measure that furthers their effort to nationalize the Internet. Ignoring the FTC’s successful formula balancing economic growth and consumer protection, the FCC imposed new rules on ISPs that would require written consent before sharing any information.

Google and other companies that have made billions of dollars mining your personal date were exempt and could continue to vacuum up information unless you opt-out.

Congress, using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), rejected the second set of rules, keeping in place privacy protections enforced by the FTC. Yet many in the media refused to mention this convenient fact proclaiming the death of online privacy rules, the end of Internet privacy and even promoted claims that your personal browsing history was now for sale to the largest bidder.

Left-wing groups started GoFundMe campaigns, which garnered hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions, seeking to purchase the web histories of members of Congress – something that is illegal. As Tony Romm from reported:

“As Congress voted in March to scrap online privacy rules imposed by the Obama administration, angry internet users devised a plan: They sought to raise big bucks so they could buy and publish lawmakers’ web-browsing histories.

But roughly a month later — despite hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations — some of these campaigns appear to be admitting defeat and scrambling to figure out how to refund or donate the cash.

It turns out, it isn’t really possible to contact a broadband provider like AT&T or Comcast* and buy data on a specific internet user and the websites they visit. Of course, that’s always been the case, said Jules Polonetsky, the leader of the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. “In no conceivable way is it legal ... to sell the individual browser history of a person,” he told Recode in an interview Thursday.

Instead of recognizing they were sold a bill of goods, groups have turned around and purchased billboards in some members of Congress’ districts making the same erroneous claims. Fight for the Future, the group paying for the intentionally misleading billboards, is on the payroll of George Soros, who along with the Ford Foundation, has spent upwards of $200 million dollars to get the government to control the Internet.

Since the election of Donald Trump, the left has become unhinged, accusing the President of doing and saying many things that just aren’t true. The accusation that Congress repealed Internet privacy falls into the same category of unhinged propaganda.

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