Upton Sides with Special Interests, Votes to Auction Off Internet Users’ Private Data to Highest Bidder

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News from the Michigan Democratic Party

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Contact: Paul Kanan, 517.371.5410; pkanan@michigandems.com

Upton Sides with Special Interests, Votes to Auction Off Internet Users’ Private Data to Highest Bidder

Congressman Upton Voted Last Night to Allow Internet Service Providers to Sell Users’ Personal Data for a Profit

LANSING— The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement today, on behalf of Party Chair Brandon Dillon, regarding Congressman Fred Upton’s vote last night — along with all but one of his fellow Michigan Republicans in Congress — to wipe out online privacy protections, allowing Internet service providers to sell private citizens’ browsing history:

“Congressman Upton’s vote allowing telecommunications companies to profit from selling their customers’ private data is the latest in a series of votes that sides with special interest lobbyists over the people of Michigan who elected him to office,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. “Last week, Upton went to the House floor to advocate for the Republican plan to sell out people’s health care for the benefit of insurance companies and the wealthy, and last night he put Michiganders’ privacy up for sale to enhance his own political interests.”

Background on what this bill means for people’s privacy:

  • Internet service providers “will be free to sell your personal information to the highest bidder without your permission — and no one will be able to protect you”
  • Eliminates “the nation’s strongest privacy protections” on the Internet
  • You have no say in what data, including Social Security numbers and financial and health information, is sold to third-party companies.

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