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This article was published on May 13, 2017


FCC chairman who voted to sell your browsing history won’t release his

FCC chairman who voted to sell your browsing history won’t release his
Rachel Kaser
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Rachel Kaser

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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

The same FCC chairman who voted to repeal rules protecting the privacy of Americans’ information online won’t disclose his, according to a report by ZDNet.

Last month, Congress and President Trump approved the FCC’s rollback of online privacy rules. With those rules gone, ISPs have carte blanche to sell your data to third parties. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai — a former Verizon lawyer — was a major force in this decision, saying, “The more heavily you regulate something, the less of it you’re likely to get.”

ZDNet decided to make the Chairman put his money where his mouth is. They filed a Freedom of Information request for his browsing data.

The response? In short, no. The FCC said, in a letter ZDNet has posted online:

As court precedents make clear, the FOIA does not require an agency to create a record to respond to a FOIA request. Here, the agency does not have a record that reflects the Chairman’s web browsing history.

Maybe they should have asked his ISP instead?