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US Congress kills Internet privacy

On Tuesday, House Republicans voted to eliminate the Federal Communications Commission’s privacy rules for broadband internet providers, which will allow companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon to collect and sell customers’ private information, including Social Security numbers, web browsing histories, the contents of emails and messages, health and financial data, and other personal information. The Senate already passed the measure, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law.

Pro-privacy journalists are calling out the 256 lawmakers who voted for the resolution—particularly the resolution’s lead champion, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who received at least $693,000 in campaign contributions from the internet industry. And a Reddit user created a crowdfunding site to buy the web browsing histories of members of Congress. But one protester is making the issue personal.

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