Yak About Privacy! What was Congress Thinking?

Yak About Privacy! What was Congress Thinking?

Trying to alert my mostly Republican audience in the 8th Congressional district on the nature of internet privacy and how their delegates they just elected voted to allow all ISP providers to sell and share any information they gather to the highest bidders. The following article should give you a sense of what you voted for.


Congress just gave ISPs the green light to sell your browsing history to strangers

appy-geek.com March 28, 2017 04:23 PM

In a vote today, House Republicans passed a bill that would undo FCC privacy rules surrounding how internet service providers can collect and use customers’ data. In essence, it gives a green light for ISPs like Comcast and Time Warner to collect all kinds of data from your internet browsing, analyze it, use it to target ads, or just sell it to the highest bidder.

The vote today in Congress follows a similar vote last week in the Senate, and was the last major obstacle for the bill. The President still has to sign the bill, but the White House has already voiced strong support for removing the privacy rules.

The bill strikes down privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission, the government agency charged with regulating the telecoms industry, in October last year. Those rules would have prevented ISPs from collecting and selling customer data without explicit customer consent, in much the same way that Facebook and Google do currently.

The difference is that your ISP is harder to avoid, and knows much more. Whereas you can easily enough avoid Google and Facebook and still be a full user of the internet, it’s much harder (thanks to the monopoly over internet service in large parts of this country) to avoid an ISP that wants to sell your data.

The information that ISPs collect is also far more invasive. Your browsing data might not sound like much, but for many people, it’s an intimate snapshot of your financial, medical, relationship, and lifestyle information — details you probably don’t share with your closest friends, let alone an anonymous highest bidder.

Internet providers, scrambling to enter the multi-billion-dollar world of online advertising, argue that the FCC regulations would have been unnecessarily intrusive and that existing privacy policies were enough. But thanks to the ISP’s classification as a “common carrier” (the same as airlines or railways), they are exempt from the Federal Trade Commission’s privacy rules, which apply to most other industries. Without privacy restrictions from either the FCC or FTC, ISPs are left basically promising that they’ll be good, with no teeth to enforce any standards.

It’s not just your privacy you should be concerned with, either. The FTC privacy rules would also have governed the standards by which ISPs would have to store your data, and protect it from hacking. Given that leaks of customer information are near-daily affairs these days, rules that enforced strong encryption and careful storage would have gone a long way to protecting sensitive information from the wrong eyes.

Sadly, customer privacy and data security aren’t good arguments in the face of multi-million-dollar campaign contributions from the telecoms industry.

Not One New Yak About Show this Week! Just 75 of Them and Two New Apps

Not One New “Yak About” Show this Week! Just 75 of Them and

Two New Apps

To my friends and family. Merry, Happy, Good, Happy – Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, New Year to all.

Soooo, In the new year, we will see a new and improved “Yak About” on the I Heart Radio Stations. In advance, for those of my friends and family that miss me Yakity Yaking in their ear, I want to share with you first ever “Yak About” App. where you can now listen non-stop to my voice.

In addition to new shows and new guests, the new apps will allow you to listen live, have access to app only broadcasts (where we can say naughty words). And you’ll even be able to chat with me during the broadcasts.

So download the apps today. Our goal in the new year is to bring you a new listening experience that will help you “BE BETTER, HEALTHIER AND MORE INFORMED THAN ANY GENERATION THAT CAME BEFORE”. Best in the New Year – David (Yak) Yakir





David Yakir Endorses Corry Westbrook for Congress from Florida’s 8th Congressional District

David Yakir Endorses Corry Westbrook for Congress from Florida’s 8th Congressional District

Corry Westbrook

I’ve only got a few minutes before my next meeting, but I wanted to get this out. I’ll add more when I get some free time.

Its not often they you actually get to sit down and chat with a candidate for Congress.  One that isn’t set on giving you the talking points. Although we only had 20 minutes for the interview, Corry didn’t spend her time communicating the talking points. When the subject was the economy, she took us through a 20 year look at it from an historical perspective. She is one of the most committed people i’ve met (especially on the environment – Indian River Lagoon – People).

In addition you never hear her speak badly of the otherside. I think she believes if the Left and the Right brought more centrist people together, we’d be seeing alot more achievement in the Congress.


Yak About Poltics. Interview with Corry Westbrook. Democratic Candidate for Florida’s 8th Congressional District

Yak About POLITICS. Interview with Corry Westbrook running to unseat Bill Posey for the 8th district U.S. House of Representatives

Corry Westbrook

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