New Mexico – Congressman Steve Pearce voted to take away New Mexicans’ privacy rights on Tuesday. With his vote, Pearce took away important protections that keep personal information secure from being sold to companies by internet providers without permission.
“Congressman Pearce sided with well-connected, wealthy companies who want to capitalize on New Mexicans’ privacy instead of ensuring our personal information is secure,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
The consequences of Congressman Steve Pearce and Congressional Republicans passing this resolution means that broadband providers will be able to sell personal information of people who pay for their service to the highest bidder without permission. And no one will be able to protect consumers, not even the Federal Communications Commission.
Senate Joint Resolution 34 specifically overturns rules put into place by Democratic President Obama that protect consumers by requiring internet providers to have customers’ permission before sharing their browsing history with other companies. The rules also require internet providers to protect that data from hackers and inform customers of any breaches.