Sunday, April 2, 2017
How to Stop the S.J. Res 34 Bill
What is S.J. Res 34?
It is a bill that would allow your highly sensitive personal information to be sold without your knowledge or consent; even if you use a VPN.
What type of personal information of yours would be sold?
Your precise geo-location, mobile app usage, financial information, health information, Internet search history, children's information, social security, and the content of your e-mails will be sold if President Donald Trump signs this 1984 Big Brother Orweillian bill.
How can you help to stop it?
You can call or e-mail your local representatives, send President Donald Trump a letter to the White House or a tweet via Twitter, sign the Whitehouse.gov petition started by Mike Capuano and Mike Doyle, and encourage others to do the same.
Click the link below so you can fight for your ability to remain private. The petition needs 100,000 signatures before April 28, 2017.
What problems may arise if it passes? Identity theft may be on the rise and the advertising industry will be more intrusive.
What have people done to stop it?
Adam McElhaney, a privacy activist, started a Go Fund Me fundraiser to buy the web history of politicians, business executives, and their families. He plans on releasing the information on searchinternethistory.com. To donate to the cause please visit https://www.gofundme.com/searchinternethistory. McElhaney planned on raising $10,000 but ended up exceeding his goal and raised $202,000. He said if he fails, he plans on giving the money back to donors who want a refund or donating the rest of the money to American Civil Liberties Union or Electronic Frontier Foundation. People will get to decide where their money goes.
Max Temkin, the creator of the board game, Cards Against Humanity, plans on following in McElhaney's footsteps. Temkin said on Twitter he would "buy the browser history of every congressman and congressional aide and publish it."
Ron Wyden, a Congressman from Oregon who opposed SOPA, voted to keep your information private. Be sure to thank him and tell him to persuade Donald Trump to veto it. It's not too often we see politicians doing good deeds.
Update: Sadly, S.J. Res 34 passed. Do not let this deter you from trying to restore your freedom.