Lawmakers introduce bill to push back against new federal law on internet privacy

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Monday that will make everyday citizens’ internet service provider history available for sale, according to the White House.

Congress passed a Republican bill — along party lines — that would end privacy regulations enacted by the Obama Administration. The regulations were designed to make sure your ISP would request your permission before selling your internet history information, according to a Business Insider article.

Two Washington state lawmakers from other ends of the aisle, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island and Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, are now working together to pass a law that would essentially enact the Obama Administration regulations at the state level, according to a Senate press release.

“The public should have a reasonable right to privacy online,” Fain said in a statement. “We wouldn’t tolerate the government selling our information because we visited a particular park, or a company selling our information because we looked through its shop window at the mall. We deserve the same right to consent in our digital lives as well.”

The bill is called the Washington Internet Privacy Act and it makes use of a consumer’s ISP information, without their permission, a violation of Washington state Consumer Protection Act, according to the release.

“So much of our daily lives now depend on the internet — paying bills, making appointments, purchasing products and discovering new information,” Ranker said in a statement. “The recent action by Congress to suspend FCC rules means that internet providers can save and sell your online activity, including financial and medical health information, to the highest bidder. This bill ensures we protect Washingtonians’ privacy.”

Erin Fenner: erin@washingtonstatewire.com, @erinfenner

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