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Asked about privacy changes, GOP rep says internet usage is optional

Posted on April 14th, 2017 at 22:02 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


I’ve been eager to hear how GOP lawmakers will respond to concerns about their policy, and American Bridge, a Democratic super PAC, posted a video yesterday of Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) answering a constituent’s question about this. The Wisconsin Republican said:
“You know, nobody’s got to use the internet…. I don’t think it’s my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising through your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it and then you take it upon yourself to make the choice….”
The congressman’s press office added yesterday afternoon that Sensenbrenner made the case “that nobody has to use the internet. They have a choice.”

Oh. So if you have privacy concerns about ISPs selling your browsing history without your knowledge or consent, the solution isn’t Obama-era consumer safeguards. Evidently, Jim Sensenbrenner believes you should simply choose to stay offline.

I suppose in a literal sense, the Republican lawmaker is correct. Americans don’t have to access the internet. They also don’t have to use electricity or indoor plumbing. Modern amenities have become part of our lives, but those with concerns about the way in which these services are used can choose to go without.

  1. And I don’t ever have to support a GOP gov again. Ever. The American people should sue donald trump and his merry band of any GOP supports for every inch of their publiic and private lives available on the grounds of lost privacy, public and personal safety, and reduced national security too. It will be The Greatest lawsuit ever. Signed, Very Pissed Off Citizen.

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