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Today, Senators will vote to allow ISPs to sell your internet history and end FCC online privacy ru

Source: Privacy News Online

On March 23rd, 2017, the US Senate votes on S.J.Res 34, which would use the Congressional Review Act to strip away online privacy protections gained under the FCC and also disallow the FCC from enacting privacy rules in the future. The resolution, if passed along with its House counterpart and then signed into law, would pass the responsibility of online privacy regulation from the FCC onto the FTC, with the American public losing out in the meantime.

The FCC online privacy rules currently require ISPs to get your affirmative consent before selling your personal, sensitive information to advertisers. Notably, the FCC didn’t go as far as to ban “pay-for-privacy” schemes that were being offered by some ISPs. Back in 2016, when the FCC passed sweeping net neutrality and online privacy rules for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and telecoms to follow, the FTC did release a statement titled: Net Neutrality and Privacy: Don’t Fear the Reclassification.

The Senators that proposed this resolution did so for a reason
If you’re wondering whether or not the Senators that proposed S.J.Res 34 received any money from ISPs or telecoms, the answer is a resounding yes. Vocativ has a nice infographic that shows which Senators have received donations from telecoms and ISPs, and even trade groups like the CTIA. In a recent filing with the FCC, the CTIA has been attempting to push the idea that web browsing history and app usage data are not sensitive information.

Read more: https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2017/03/today-senators-will-vote-allow-isps-sell-internet-history-end-fcc-online-privacy-rules/
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Thu Mar 23, 2017, 11:35 AM (15 replies)

New documents show Trump aide hid payments from Ukraine party with Moscow ties, lawmaker alleges

Source: Washington Post

KIEV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian lawmaker on Tuesday released new financial documents allegedly showing that a former campaign chairman to President Trump laundered payments from the party of a disgraced ex-leader of Ukraine using offshore accounts in Belize and Kyrgyzstan.

The new documents may revive questions about the ties between the Trump aide, Paul Manafort, and the party of the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, who has been in hiding in Russia since being overthrown by pro-Western protestors in 2014. He is wanted in Ukraine on corruption charges.

Manafort, who worked for Yanukovych’s Party of Regions for nearly a decade, resigned from Trump’s campaign in August after his name in connection with secret payments totaling $12.7 million by Yanukovych’s party. Manafort has denied receiving those payments, listed in the party’s so-called “black ledger.”

The latest documents were released just hours after the House Intelligence Committee questioned FBI Director James Comey about possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow, which also touched on Manafort’s work for Yanukovych’s party in Ukraine.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/new-documents-say-trump-aide-hid-payments-from-pro-moscow-ukrai
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Tue Mar 21, 2017, 09:06 AM (17 replies)

The American Dream is Disintegrating Under Trump

It is all starting to break down now. Moral fibers that once wove the American spirit together are unraveling and disintegrating. Our team lost the baseball game, the Chevrolet won't start, and the apples in the pie are rancid. Any semblance of the American Dream is slipping into a nightmare of epic proportions, robbing our youth and future generations of the promise and hope they deserve. Of course that dream actually existed once, and for many it still does in a theoretical way, but the boundaries of acceptance in the United States have never been so far off track. Conversely, rather than moral boundaries, Americans now have a president who wants to wall his citizens inside of their own national border.

As the gloom settles over a frustrated American public, the violence between those who oppose and support Donald Trump is increasing, and video clips of bloody faces, tear gassed eyes, the whole enchilada… splash across social media sites. Recent clashes between anti-Trump and pro-Trump protesters turned radically violent last week in Berkeley, a California university town known for its left wing roots.

Antagonists from both sides contributed to the thuggish violence and other problems at the Berkeley pro-Trump protest. In a clear demonstration of what future days will bring, Anarchists descended into the crowds, instigating more violence which the two sides both decry. I have written about this in the past, and it becomes more clear by the day that the direction the US is moving in is very dangerous.

Supporters of Trump have many common attributes. Almost all of them are White. As a whole, they are against immigration, and particularly oppose those who entered the US illegally. Trump supporters consider themselves patriotic, and sport flags at their rallies, which of course angers those who fail to support and strongly resent Trump’s extreme right wing, money oriented politics in America. People on both sides of Trump are increasingly losing patience with each other and they are walking a potentially explosive path. What comes next? Gang warfare? Drive by shootings?

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Wed Mar 8, 2017, 10:25 AM (2 replies)

The Trump Experiment may come to an early tipping point

President Trump’s astonishing and reckless accusation that he was wiretapped on orders from President Barack Obama should finally be the tipping point in how the country views him and his presidency.

Obama, through a spokesman, said the charges were “simply false.” On Sunday afternoon, the New York Times reported that FBI Director James Comey had asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump’s claim. It appears that Trump issued his wild tweet storm Saturday morning largely on the basis of reports in conspiracy-minded right-wing media.

He signaled his lack of evidence first by reportedly pushing his White House staff to ransack sensitive intelligence information to find support for his claim. Then on Sunday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wanted Congress to look into the matter and that the administration would offer no further comment.

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Mar 6, 2017, 06:33 AM (40 replies)
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