File photo of the US President, Donald Trump faces at a press conference in the White House in Washington, USA, Feb. 16, 2017. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
Two privacy campaign want to buy, then sell, the Web browsing history of politicians, such as President Donald Trump.
Data Privacy is firmly in the spotlight after the House of Representative vote on Tuesday to block online privacy regulations issued during the final months of the Obama administration. The vote is a first step in the direction of allow internet providers, like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon sell the browsing habits of their customers.
The order was sent to Trump, who is expected to sign it soon.
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Tuesday’s passage of resolution SJR34, which blocked the online regulations, it is slammed by privacy activists, citing concerns about consumer data. Activist Adam McElhaney even has a GoFundMe page with the goal of the purchase of the private browsing history of politicians who voted in favor of the resolution.
“I am planning the purchase of the Internet-history of all legislators, congressmen, executives and their families and make them easily searchable on searchinternethistory.com,” McElhaney writes on the GoFundMe page. “All of their medical, pornographic, financial, and loyalty.”
The activist of the page, which had a $10,000 fundraising goal, raising more than $191,000 in five days.
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Actor Misha Collins has also started a GoFundMe campaign. “This GoFundMe will pay for the purchase of the data of Donald Trump, and every Congressman who voted for the SJR34, and to make it publicly available,” he writes on the page.
The campaign is not, however, of “information sharing that have an impact on the safety and security of their families (like personal addresses),” according to Collins.
Experts say that these plans are doomed to fail. “In reality, this is not going to happen,” Scott Schaffer, chief technologist at tech consulting company, Blade Technologies, told Fox News. “The ISPS are not going to want to sell to a person or to someone that they do not have an existing relationship with the chance to personally identifiable information will also be an issue.”
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The Telecommunications Act of 1996 prohibits telecommunications carriers from sharing “identifiable” customer information, except in specific situations where that is required by law or with the client.
Cards against humanity co-creator Max Temkin also railed against the politicians vote to give SJR34 for this week. “If this s—t happens, then I will buy the browser history of each member of congress and congressional aide, and to publish,” he tweeted Monday.
Critics of the Obama-era privacy regulations says that the rule would cost, stifled innovation, and picked winners and losers among Internet companies.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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