Washingtonian

Raising Money to Buy Congress’s Internet Browser History Won’t Work

Published March 30, 2017

On Tuesday, Congress narrowly passed legislation allowing internet service providers to sell their customers’ browsing history and personal information to advertisers without their consent, overruling an Obama Administration proposal that would’ve outlawed the practice. Some internet-privacy advocates have decided to respond by mounting fundraising campaigns in hopes of buying and publishing the data trails left by members of Congress.

Net-neutrality advocate Adam McElhaney has already amassed more than $161,000, saying he’ll use the money to purchase the Web history of every representative who voted to overturn the rule. He’s not the only one with this idea. Max Temkin, creator of the game Cards Against Humanity, says he’s also planning to buy Congress’s online habits. Misha Collins, an actor on the television series Supernatural, has raised more than $64,000 for the cause.

“I plan on purchasing the Internet histories…everything from their medical, pornographic, to their financial and infidelity. Anything they have looked at, searched for, or visited on the Internet will now be available for everyone to comb through,” McElhaney writes. “Let’s turn the tables. Let’s buy THEIR history and make it availble [sic].”…read more here.

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