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Flashback Friday: One Year Ago, Heller Cast Deciding Vote to Allow Internet Service Providers to Sell Your Data

Exactly one year ago today, Sen. Dean Heller cast the deciding vote in the Senate for a bill that rolled back privacy protections on personal customer data, allowing internet service providers to sell off your information to the highest bidder without your consent.

As a reminder, here’s exactly what Heller voted for:

  • Internet service providers “will be free to sell your personal information to the highest bidder without your permission — and no one will be able to protect you”

  • “The nation’s strongest privacy protections” on the internet will be eliminated

  • You have no say in what data is sold to third-party companies, including Social Security numbers and financial and health information

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:

“One year ago, Sen. Dean Heller sided with his party and cast the deciding vote to roll back rules protecting the sensitive personal data of his constituents from being sold to big telecom companies. Like so many other votes he cast over the past year, this is yet another reminder that Sen. Heller is a Washington politician who protects his special interest donors over the privacy of his constituents.”

BACKGROUND

March 23, 2017: Heller Voted To Nullify A FCC Rule Requiring Broadband ISPs To Obtain Permission To Use Or Share Customers’ Sensitive Information. On March 23, 2017, Heller voted for “Passage of the joint resolution that would disapprove and nullify a Federal Communications Commission rule that requires broadband internet service providers to obtain affirmative permission from customers to use or share their sensitive information, such as web browsing history, geolocation information, content of communications and Social Security numbers; to take reasonable measures to secure customer information; and to notify customers, the commission and law enforcement when a data breach occurs that could result in harm.” The resolution passed 50-48. [CQ, 3/23/17; S.J. Res 34, Vote 94, 3/23/17]