Oh and of course he said he was “for the little guy right.” Bullshit. Oink Oink Grunt Grunt.
So let’s do some work via the Register
Ajit Pai, the chief lackie…eerhh, chairman of the FCC, said
“resident Trump and Congress have appropriately invalidated one part of the Obama-era plan for regulating the Internet. Those flawed privacy rules, which never went into effect, were designed to benefit one group of favored companies, not online consumers.”
BULLSHIT on the last part of that sentence, that the rules were “designed to benefit one group of favored companies, not online consumers.”
The rules were developed entirely and absolutely to protect online consumers. They required ISPs to get an opt-in from customers for sensitive information, to offer an opt-out for other uses of that data, and to ensure that they appropriately protected that data.
The other Republican commissioner on the FCC, Mike O’Rielly, had his own statement that, unfortunately, layered bullshit upon bullshit.
“I applaud President Trump and Congress for utilizing the CRA to undo the FCC’s detrimental privacy rules,” he said. “The parade of horribles trotted out to scare the American people about its passage are completely fictitious, especially since parts of the rules never even went into effect. Hopefully, we will soon return to a universe where thoughtful privacy protections are not overrun by shameful FCC power grabs and blatant misrepresentations.”
What O’Rielly does, however, is pinpoint the beating heart of the bullshit: the claim that since something hasn’t happened yet, it means that it won’t happen.
For someone who is a commissioner at a federal regulator, this willful blindness over how the real world works is borderline obnoxious.
Here is the absolute solid reality of what this decision to scrap the FCC rules means:
ISPs were previously able to do what they can do now, ie, sell their customers’ private data.
But they were previously at risk of being investigated by the FTC and then, later, the FCC.
If they had been found to have broken data privacy rules, they faced huge fines and most likely the requirement to get prior approval from the FTC/FCC before doing anything similar in future.
Now, however, there is no backstop. The FTC does not have jurisdiction. And nor does the FCC. The ISPs currently exist in a regulatory-free world.
What this means is significant and it is the source of (Democrat) claims that ISPs will soon be selling your private data and the counter-claims (by Republicans) that people are fear-mongering and inventing problems. Source: Here
Swine — oh wait, that is unfair…to the the swine I mean.