Congress recently passed a bill that gives ISPs (Internet Service Providers) the ability to share as well as sell our personal internet data without our consent. I believe that this is a clear violation of not only Americans’ constitutional rights, but also federal laws.
For starters, this bill completely disregards the Fifth Amendment, which states, “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” In this bill, people’s personal property (personal information stored in their personal devices) is being taken for public use by the ISPs and then sold without just compensation.
The bill then violates the ECPA (Electronic Communications Privacy Act), as well as the SCA (Stored Communication Act) which states that there is a criminal penalty for “intentionally accesses without authorization a facility through which an electronic communication service is provided.”
With all this clear information showing the unjust actions that this bill allows, I believe it needs to be terminated immediately, and if not, legal action must be taken against ISPs so that they are prohibited from stealing our private property (as if it wasn’t already).
Alexandrea Mercier, Fresno