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Activists use billboards to shame Republicans who repealed internet privacy laws

Congress was slammed last month for its vote to allow the sale of your Internet browsing history by internet service providers.

Congress was slammed last month for its vote to allow the sale of your Internet browsing history by internet service providers. The backlash was so huge it reverberates to this day, and some internet activists are making sure lawmakers who voted for the bill aren’t forgotten in their districts.

According to Gizmodo, the group Fight for the Future raised money for four billboards that shame members of Congress who voted to repeal protections for Internet privacy.

Those lucky few are Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Dean Heller (R-NV), John Rutherford (R-FL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). These four lawmakers accepted a combined $196,905 in campaign contributions from the telecom industry in the last election cycle. Blackburn, in particular, has been a longtime enemy of net neutrality. Just last year, she brought up SOPA and tried to frame it as an initiative that would have increased cybersecurity.

FFTF posted a few images of the billboards to its website:

“The Internet strikes back!” Evan from FFTF writes. “Hundreds of people chipped in small amounts to crowdfund these billboards targeting U.S. lawmakers who voted to gut the FCC’s Internet privacy rules and allow ISPs like Comcast and Verizon to collect and sell their customers’ personal information and web browsing history without our consent.”

“These same lawmakers are now working with the new FCC chairman and lobbyists from the big cable companies to try to destroy net neutrality and let ISPs slow down and censor websites. Let’s not let that happen! Send a message to Congress and the FCC with just a few clicks.”

[H/T Boing Boing] Featured image via FFTF

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