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‘Nobody’s got to use the Internet’: A GOP lawmaker’s response about Web privacy

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) told a town hall attendee who was concerned about the elimination of online privacy protections that using the Internet is a choice. (American Bridge 21st Century) A Wisconsin congressman told a town hall attendee who was concerned about the elimination of online privacy protections that using the Internet is a choice — a statement that has since drawn criticism on social media. During the meeting in Wisconsin on Thursday, the attendee asked about the recent decision by Congress to wipe away an Obama-era policy that sought to limit what Internet service providers, such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast, can do with customers’ Internet browsing history. The concern is similar to one raised by consumer activists: Not all Internet users have options to switch to a different company if they don’t agree with their current provider’s privacy practices. “Facebook is not comparable to an ISP. I do not have to go to Facebook,” the town hall


 

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