Tomorrow, you will be asked to vote on S. J. Res. 52, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of Congressional disapproval of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) adoption of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO). On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I strongly urge to you to vote against S. J. Res. 52.
Among the many problems with this resolution is the gaping hole in privacy protection that will occur if S. J. Res. 52 is adopted. This is the one issue that supporters of the resolution do not wish to be brought up or discussed publicly in their zeal to overturn the RIFO.
Most American do not know which federal agency protects their online privacy for different actions. Companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter have always been subject to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) privacy enforcement regime. That same privacy protection covered internet service providers (ISPs) prior to the 2015 Obama-era Open Internet Order (OIO), also known as the net neutrality order. The OIO subjected ISPs to Title II of the Communications of 1934 for the first time and bifurcated privacy jurisdiction. The FTC cannot regulate common carriers, such as public airlines, railroads, bus lines, taxicab companies, phone companies, cruise ships, motor carriers, and other freight companies.