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Letter: Concerned over internet privacy vote

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

Congressman Rob Wittman: I request your help in understanding of these matters.

Please explain your “Yes” vote on S.J. Res. 34, which killed implementation of the Federal Communication Commission’s rule “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services.”

As I understand it your “yes” vote stops a privacy protecting rule which would have required an internet service provider to get a consumer’s consent before collecting his or her personal and private information. Thus your constituents will now have lost the possibility of maintaining their personal privacy while on the internet. Without protection our internet service providers can capture and sell the social and websites we visit, the apps we use, and even some of our private communications. Gutting these privacy rules fundamentally undermines our cyber security by making our sensitive personal information vulnerable to h...

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