Stupid Party

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

JM Ashby
Written by JM 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.

  • Badgerite

    It isn’t about “adverts”. It is about personal information about yourself being sold as a commodity. To anyone with the price. Advertisers are only one kind of customer for those internet profiles. There can be more nefarious reasons. And those kinds of invasions are what government are supposed to protect the public against.

    • Christopher Foxx

      “Hold on. Hold on. Government is supposed to protect the people from things? Were did this radical notion come from?” – James SensenBrenner

  • /sigh

    I’m a web programmer. I have no effing choice about whether I’m on the Intertoobs or not. And there are literally tens of thousands of us in the US alone. What an eedjit.

  • muselet

    You know, nobody’s got to use the internet….

    Why, I hear tell carrier pigeons are inexpensive and reliable, so long as they avoid cats. *headdesk*

    I don’t think it’s my job to tell you that you cannot get advertising through your information being sold.

    Then what exactly is your job, Mr Representative Sensenbrenner? To sit on your blot and help large corporations enrich themselves at the expense of the public?

    Sorry, you answered that one already.

    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….”

    Oh, okay, your job is to sit on your blot, help large corporations enrich themselves at the expense of the public and tell the public to commit an autoerotic act. Thanks for clearing that up.

    It’s not entirely fair to blame James Sensenbrenner for his vote or his dunderheaded statement (It’s not fair, but I’m not feeling fair). The R leadership wanted him to vote a particular way and, being profoundly stupid, he did so. Then he responded to a question about the consequences of that vote in the only way he knows how: with profound stupidity.

    I wonder how Trump voters feel about being thought of as commodities.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    It’s amazing the twisted pretzel logic elected Republicans will engage in to justify anything their donors pay them to vote for.

  • Badgerite

    Isn’t he ‘special’? Just one of the perks of living in Wisconsin.