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GOP Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner Has the Dumbest Take on Internet Privacy

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

If you're a Republican congressman who voted to allow internet service providers to sell your web browsing history, how do you justify that to your constituents?

Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) told his constituents that they should stay off the internet if they don't like it.

You know, nobody’s got to use the internet…. I don’t think it’s my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising through your information being sold. My job, I think, is to tell you that you have the opportunity to do it and then you take it upon yourself to make the choice….”

Technically, I suppose you could choose to stay off the internet just as you could choose to become Amish, although even they use the internet on some occasions.

Most people have jobs that require use of the internet in 2017 including, you might say, Jim Sensenbrenner. And if he doesn't use it, his staff certainly does. Sensenbrenner has more than one official Twitter account.

Sensenbrenner has a family including two children who are both my age. They probably use the internet, right?

Telling someone not to use the internet in 2017 is equivalent to telling them not to use electricity. Actually, in some areas of the world, smart phones (with internet access) are more prevalent that reliable electricity and running water.