Schumer urges Trump to veto anti-privacy internet bill – New York Post

Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday urged President Trump to veto a bill that removes privacy protections on the internet that will make users’ sensitive information available to the “highest bidder.”

“If President Trump signs this resolution into law consumers will be stripped of critical privacy protections in a New York minute,” Schumer said.

The House and Senate passed the measure that removes Obama-era protections against internet service providers from selling information like a person’s browser history, location data and app use without consent.

The bill is expected to land on Trump’s desk this week and the president has said he would sign it.

“Signing this roll back into law would mean that private data from our laptops, our iPads, even our cell phones will be fair game for internet companies to sell to the highest bidder,” Schumer said.

The Democrat said it would give providers like Verizon, AT&T and Comcast access to private and sensitive information.

“This … would allow broadband providers to become unchecked virtual peeping Toms. Simply put, ISPs would be able to collect and sell sensitive data from your internet connection without your consent,” he said.

Schumer said people’s privacy is a right that shouldn’t be political and is too important to be given over to corporations.

“The little privacy we have left, the kind that enshrines our personal emails and our health information, our finances, the websites our kids visit, should not be made available to anyone and everyone, and certainly not without your permission,” he said.

“There’s still one last chance shot for consumers, and it rests on the president’s desk. And now President Trump has just 9 days to tell us whose side he’s really on,” he said.

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