Silicon Valley fights to preserve net neutrality »

Recode:

The internet industry is uniform in its belief that net neutrality preserves the consumer experience, competition and innovation online,” the group said. “In other words, existing net neutrality rules should be enforced and kept intact.

I sincerely hope that net neutrality is preserved in its current form. Voluntary commitments from companies with the appalling track record shared by most ISPs are simply not going to be enough to preserve the internet freedoms we’ve become accustomed to.

Lawmakers want to require border agents to obtain a warrant for smartphone searches

Via Recode:

“By requiring a warrant to search Americans’ devices and prohibiting unreasonable delay, this bill makes sure that border agents are focused on criminals and terrorists instead of wasting their time thumbing through innocent Americans’ personal photos and other data,” [Sen. Ron] Wyden said in a statement.

I’d love to see this implemented, but I just can’t see it happening.

Internet privacy rules repealed

Bob Quinn (an SVP at AT&T):

“If the government believes that location data is sensitive and requires more explicit consumer disclosures and permissions,” he continued, “then those protections should apply to all players that have access to location data, whether an ISP or edge player or search engine.”

No, customers should be able to expect that their data remain private and, the fact of the matter is, customers typically have a choice who they provide their data to (whether that be Facebook, Google — you name it). Where most people in the U.S. live, there’s often only one ISP for customers to get a connection from — they shouldn’t be forced to have sensitive data exposed to that company purely for the benefit of that company.

If ISPs are upset about perceived competitors having access to different data sets than they do, they should come up with a competitive service that people actually want to use that can actually compete. Or maybe they’ll keep buying failed tech companies and mashing them together in a hilarious rebranding effort.

Senate chooses ISPs over customer privacy

Via The EFF

ISPs act as gatekeepers to the Internet, giving them incredible access to records of what you do online. They shouldn’t be able to profit off of the information about what you search for, read about, purchase, and more without your consent.

I truly wish I could be shocked or surprised by a move like this coming out of the senate but, lately, congress appears to be dedicated to making decisions that actively harm their constituencies in order to benefit entrenched business interests.

This action needs to fail in the house. ISPs occupy a privileged position that gives them detailed access to customer data and they should not be able to freely exploit that data for financial gain.