March 23, 2017
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Sen. Franken's Statement on Senate Republican Vote to Kill Internet Privacy Protections
WASHINGTON, D.C. [03/23/17]--Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) released the following statement after his Republican colleagues in the Senate voted to overturn broadband privacy rules that prevent internet service providers--like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T--from collecting, sharing, and selling Americans' sensitive information to third parties and marketers without their permission.
"The interest of consumers in Minnesota and across our country should always come before those of big corporations," said Senator Franken. "That's why I've long championed an internet that's open, accessible, and protects Americans' fundamental right to privacy. I strongly believe that corporations shouldn't be able to secretly collect, share, or auction off your private information to the highest bidder without your permission, which is why I advocated for federal rules to prohibit broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from misusing customers' personal data.
"Today, my Republican colleagues voted to kill these internet privacy rules, which is extremely disappointing. As the top Democrat on the Privacy Subcommittee, I'm going to keep fighting these efforts to undermine the rights of Minnesota consumers because I work for them, not deep-pocketed corporations."
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