LongHairedWeirdo ([personal profile] longhairedweirdo) wrote2017-03-29 08:37 pm

Internet privacy - we hardly knew ye. Oh, wait, we didn't know you at all!

So, there was this problem. People like AT&T and Verizon and Comcast felt that it was unfair - if they were providing you with internet access, and you *chose* to use Google, or Facebook, Google and Facebook could sell all the information you gave them. But ISPs were about to be told that, no, they can't just steal a copy of all the data you're using them to send to others, and keep a copy of it, sell it, and use it any way they desire.

Frankly, this kind of problem makes me think AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast need to be given a cookie and read a nice bedtime story about how bad it is to steal. (("Steal"? Yes, and if you disagree, please feel free to have the big record labels and movie producers tell me how it's not stealing if you're just taking a useful copy of bytes that weren't intended for you, and keeping it as long as you want, giving it away, or selling it for a profit. Good luck with that!)

But remember, I'm not a Republican! To a Republican, this is a big problem.

Someone wants to make money. And all they need, in order to make money, is to have the Congress and the President say "It's true, people value privacy and are not given any benefit by removal of privacy rights; but corporations want to make money, and that's more important."

And free money, in return for saying ordinary people have no rights is a slam dunk: the Republican Congress passed it, and the Republican President said he'd sign it. And don't worry!

They said that this was good, that it would, I dunno, create jobs, grow the economy, unleash the creative power of data thieves - oh, wait, they wouldn't say "thieves".

But they'll say it will do good things, and really, isn't that what *matters*?

It's like saying you'll make the best deals ever, and bring back jobs - why spoil a good illusion with the truth?