Matsui Statement on Republican Rollback of Online Privacy Protections

 Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) issued the following statement on the House passage of S.J. Res. 34, which overturned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules relating to Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services:

“Yesterday, House Republicans opened the door to giving up Americans’ online privacy protections.

“Nearly every aspect of our daily lives is intertwined with the Internet. If a family needs to search symptoms of a loved one’s mental illness, enter financial data into a mobile application, or email a teacher about a child’s performance at school, they deserve to know how that information is used.

“By overturning the FCC’s broadband privacy rules, Congressional Republicans have put this personal information at risk. Without these rules, Internet service providers will be able to sell and share consumers’ browsing history, location information, and other sensitive data without consent.

“After yesterday’s vote, consumers understand who is on the side of their privacy.”

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