Last month congress voted to repeal some internet privacy protections. A Michigan lawmaker wants to bring them back. State senator Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, is sponsoring bills that prevent internet service providers from selling a consumer's private information without permission.
Data protected by the rules would have included web browsing history, app usage history, geolocation and financial and medical information. Jones says "In today's digital economy, consumer information can be valuable and if in the wrong hands can be dangerous." The bills would also extend those requirements to internet search engines, like Google and Facebook.
"In my opinion, the federal government really dropped the ball in the protection of citizens using the internet," Jones said. "My bills would ensure that Michigan residents have the ability to browse the web without billion-dollar corporations looking over their shoulder."