back to article House GOP takes crack at ISP privacy bill

The US Representatives who just weeks ago repealed privacy rules for ISPs now want to enact a new set of restrictions. Tennessee Republican rep Marsha Blackburn is sponsoring the bill [PDF], known cheekily as the "Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (or BROWSER) Act of 2017." The bill would explicitly …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Continuing that great American tradition that all bills must be named using a shitty acronym.

    1. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

      Re: BROWSER

      You think this is a shitty acronym?

      Signed, Surpreme Head of Interoffice Training

  2. Dan 55 Silver badge

    The audacity is strong in this one

    "We must offer American citizens real internet privacy protection, not mere lip service which gives internet users false expectations about their level of online security," Blackburn said. "I encourage all House members who are serious about protecting our constituents' online privacy to join me in advancing this bill."

    But lawmakercongressperson, how could you possibly improve on the free-for-all that there is now thanks to getting rid of the old privacy protection? Mandatory selling of personal data for the anti-patriotic hold-out ISPs? MITM https connections to get at that hidden page content? Device registration to target advertising better? Please do tell...

  3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "It would also establish US trade watchdog the FTC as the governing body for internet privacy rules."

    The US should give some thought to having a separate body concentrating solely on privacy rights, internet or otherwise. Given some teeth, say the ability to issue fines at levels comparable to the GDPR, we might even begin to believe the Privacy Shield actually meant something.

  4. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

    It would also establish US trade watchdog the FTC as the governing body for internet privacy rules.

    At which point, (and in an entirely unrelated Bill), the FTC loses a large proportion of its funding and can no longer enforce the rules.

    Win/Win for the Corpocracy - they get to be seen to be good, while simultaneously ensuring that the end result is favourable for the,

    It could just be that I'm too cynical of course.

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