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Legislator Burke Denounces Congressional Vote to Allow Companies to Sell Americans’ Private Browser Data

Erie County, New York- Legislator Patrick Burke voices his opposition to the recent U.S. Congressional vote to strike down FCC regulations that protected consumer’s private data. The vote will allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to collect consumers’ personal information, including their private web-browsing history, and sell it to third parties without informing consumers.

“I formed the Erie County Broadband Committee to explore the possibility of a county operated network to help consumers with cost and quality of their internet, increase competition, and spur economic development. The actions taken by the United States Senate now give us further incentive to develop this network as a necessary protection for the privacy rights of Erie County residents. Until that time, I will explore sanctions on Internet Service Providers who sell private data without consumer consent by fines or prohibiting access to county right of ways for their communication lines. I encourage municipal leaders entering into contract with Internet Service Providers to include language that prohibits the unknown collection and sale of their residents' private information."

Legislator Patrick Burke has been a longtime advocate of increasing both the access and affordability of broadband internet in Erie County. He created the Erie County Broadband Committee and commissioned a White Paper to ascertain the feasibility of increasing the network of broadband access county wide. Legislator Burke will continue to fight for the residents of Erie County and not allow corporations to make a profit off of residents’ personal, private information.

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