Rosen’s not the only politician looking to put pressure on the government to restore consumer privacy protection, either. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) said (April 22, 2017) that he’s leading a group of seven other democrats looking to get more clarity around how ISPs will use consumer data that’s available to them. Specifically, the group is asking AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and CenturyLink whether they will use opt-in consent to use or sell consumer information. They’re also asking what opt-out procedures are like, whether data on former customers is stored, if they make consumers pay to opt out, what the polices to protect customer data are like, and a host of other questions.
Whether or not Markey’s inquires will lead to actual responses from the companies in question remains to be seen; it’s also not clear what’ll be done with this info if the ISPs do respond. But it wouldn’t be surprising to see more legislation introduced like Rosen’s bill. Indeed, Markey recently told CNET that he plans to “introduce legislation that directs the FCC to reinstate strong broadband privacy rules.”
And if enough constituents let their representatives know how mad they are about the privacy rollback, those representatives might feel enough pressure to reconsider the next time a bill is brought up. There’s also the possibility of states putting their own protective measures in place — so either way, it’s worth letting your representatives know how you feel about privacy.