With all of the hype of controversial topics surrounding President Trump taking office and the riot and protests that ensued you may not have noticed what happened April 3rd 2017. Kiss Your Privacy Goodbye!
President Donald J. Trump Signs H.J.Res. 69, H.J.Res. 83, H.R. 1228, S.J.Res. 34 into Law
But what does that mean?
Reading through the press release as seen at www.whitehouse.gov there are 4 items that were signed into law.
“H.J.Res. 69, which nullifies the Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service’s final rule relating to non-subsistence takings of wildlife on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska;”
This means that people can now remove dead animals from National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. Doesn’t seem like a huge deal but when you consider decomposition in an ecosystem it quite possibly may have negative effects.
“H.J.Res. 83, which nullifies the Department of Labor’s rule titled Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness; and”
This statement above says employers no longer have to keep accurate records of on the job injuries or illnesses. Stop and think about this release and think about it. Seems harmless if you are an office worker with a paper cut but lets think a little harder. How about factory workers in the past that were exposed to asbestos? What about chemical plants that are not following safety protocol and workers suddenly are calling in sick for days at a time. If these cases gone undocumented it is possible that there would be no legal recourse for workers because of lack of evidence.
“H.R. 1228, which provides for the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance to replace members whose terms expire during March and May of 2017; and”
Here The Whitehouse is saying that the Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance terms are coming to an end and new members need to be appointed. Nothing too fancy about that.
Now this next one is the cherry!
Kiss Your Privacy Goodbye
“S.J.Res. 34 – which nullifies the Federal Communications Commission’s rule on privacy of customers of broadband and other telecommunications services.”
In 2016 the Federal Communications Commission’s rule on privacy of customers of broadband and other telecommunications services was signed into law. This law was to prevent ISP’s from sharing your information on service plan, app usage as well as browsing history, even your email address, to 3rd party companies. Had the law not been overturned your ISP would have to have you opt-in to share this information however since April 3rd 2017 they no longer have to have your consent. Your information has a break down by the FCC of sensitive and non-sensitive.
Service plan, app usage, browsing history and your email address are considered non-sensitive information.
Ultimately your ISP feels that non-sensitive information should be able to be used at their discretion without you having to opt in … and with this nullification they have it.