Thursday, April 13, 2017
Lawmakers Who Championed Repeal of Web Browsing Privacy Protections Raked in Telecom Campaign Cash
THE TWO LAWMAKERS most responsible for rolling back landmark internet browsing privacy protections were richly rewarded by telecommunication giants.
Congress voted last month to repeal privacy rules written by the Obama administration to prevent internet service providers from harvesting and selling users’ internet browsing history. The main — in fact only — constituency for the repeal was the telecom industry.
Verizon, AT&T, Cox Enterprises, the U.S. Telecom Association, and CTIA, the trade association for the major cell phone carriers, appeared to single out the original sponsors of the repeal resolution — Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. — for particularly generous campaign contributions.