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This week Congress placed a bill on President Trump's desk that will repeal rules requiring internet service providers, such as Comcast, Verizon and CenturyLink, to ask for permission before tracking and selling your information online.

That includes everything from your physical location to your private browsing history. 

Even browsing in incognito or private mode does not prevent your internet service provider (ISP) from knowing which sites you visit.

Private mode only prevents the browser you are using from storing your internet history. Comcast will still know when you view adult content, for example, and they will be able to sell that data to the highest bidder.

If the President signs this bill,  which he is expected to do later this week, any internet service provider will be able to track and sell your data without telling you.

Democracy Resources supports a return to FCC rules barring ISPs from collecting and selling your data without explicit permission. We are in favor of ISPs being required to:

  • Ask for your permission to collect and sell sensitive personal data collected over the network – including browsing history, email content, and app usage – to advertisers and other third parties, possibly the government;
  • Take reasonable measures to secure your personal information; and
  • Notify customers when their data is stolen.

Our first step is calling on President Trump to veto the bill. If that fails, we may launch ballot initiatives in multiple states to let citizens vote on basic consumer privacy protections.

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