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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

House Democrats Tell Ajit Pai: Stop Screwing Over the Public

Ajit Pai may be the worst ever Chair of the Federal Communications Commission. This former Associate General Counsel at Verizon Communications Inc., led the effort to allow Internet service providers (often called “ISPs”) to spy on customers and compile a detailed profile of each customer’s web behavior and then sell the information. Of course, his former employer, Verizon, will be one of the companies that will receive millions of dollars in revenue generated because of this policy change.

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Commerce Committee is now “reassuming its traditional role of oversight to ensure the agency is acting in the best interest of the public and consistent with its legislative authority,” Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) said in an announcement yesterday. Pallone, Jr. and Doyle wrote a letter to Pai, saying that he has made the FCC too secretive and has repeatedly advanced the interests of corporations over consumers.

Details may be found by starting on Slashdot at and then following the several links found there.

Categories: Legal Affairs, Online Privacy & Security

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