Internet privacy law is about more than selling data

Even standing alone, the Trump administration’s eager embrace of legislation permitting internet service providers to sell information about your online browsing habits to advertisers would be a terrible mistake.

But the bill is even worse than that. It’s the first step in a dangerous plan to undo net neutrality and fatten the bank accounts of broadband companies such as Verizon and Comcast.

President Donald Trump signed what’s being called the internet privacy bill April 3, repealing vital consumer protections shortly after it barely cleared the House. Polls indicate more than 70 percent of Americans — from both major parties — oppose the legislation. So the Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and acting Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen penned an opinion piece trying to justify the move.

They failed. Miserably.

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