Bill would ban ISPs in NYS from selling personal information

Posted at 12:43 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 12:43:41-04

New York Senator Tim Kennedy says "Not in New York." 

The Senator introduced a bill Tuesday to ban internet service providers from selling personal information.

The move comes one day after President Donald Trump signed a congressional resolution repealing consumer privacy protections.

Senator Kennedy says, as a public utility regulated by New York State, internet service providers must comply with state laws and regulations. Kennedy argues this legislation would ensure that New Yorkers continue to benefit from the privacy laws that were implemented under President Obama's administration.

 “When voters across the country elected this House and US Senate last November, I doubt they were voting with the hope that their ISP would be allowed to sell their browsing history,” said Senator Kennedy. “This kind of anti-consumer, anti-privacy action doesn’t benefit anyone except large corporations. This is not an abstract threat to regular folks – this is bad policy with real world consequences. The legislation I have introduced will ensure these actions never make it to New York State.”

With the introduction of Senator Kennedy’s bill, New York joins other Democratic and Republican-controlled states considering new laws to enhance privacy protections for their residents.