Disclaimer: This post naturally follows last week’s https://politicizelaw.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/how-the-court-can-and-should-protect-the-right-to-privacy-in-the-digital-age/

We understand that we live in an ever changing world. The world we inhabit is exactly why there is hesitation to determine exactly what merits a constitutional right in this country. In the American political and judicial system, the Constitution trumps all. However, what can we do when our very own Mr. Trump sits in the Oval Office and is signing to auction off internet privacy rights in this country?

The White House signaled that President Trump will sign a controversial (for lack of a better word) bill that his predecessor President Obama signed to ensure the enforcement of internet privacy rules.  Some analysts are surprised at his move.  However, I do not believe it will serve as a huge surprise to those who are left speechless at the string of sketchy executive orders and confirmations.  Donald Trump has went against his own rhetoric: he has not done anything to “drain the swamp”.  Instead, he repeatedly fails to take his drain-the-swamp opportunities.  The House passed the bill 215-2015 and it will soon land on the President’s desk.

The bill would revoke an October ruling issued by the Federal Communications Commission that imposed tight restrictions on how broadband companies — also known as internet service providers, or ISPs — are able to handle their users’ information. Under the FCC’s rule, companies had to get their customers to opt in before their data could be sold. If Mr. Trump follows through on signing the bill, consumers would still be allowed to opt out, but they would have to do so explicitly, and advocates said companies could impose a surcharge on people who wanted their data kept secret.

“This is staggering. This is almost a surrender,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “If the Republicans are allowed to do this, we have surrendered all thoughts of privacy for the American people.”

All 215 “yes” votes Tuesday came from Republicans, while all Democrats present voted against the bill in the House, as did 15 Republicans.

Despite being able to opt-out, it is disgusting that this bill was even written up in the first place.  If a case ever reaches the Court, I can only hope all justices step up. Nobody’s right to privacy should be compromised to advantage corporations.


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