GoFundMe Aims To Buy Lawmakers' Browser Histories
The Republican Congress should know by now Americans don't back down when something happens they don't agree with.
And now, US citizens have grown concerned about their privacy online — and many of them are taking action.
In case you haven't heard, the House of Representatives passed S.J. Res. 34 on Tuesday, which will allow ISPs (internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast) to buy your internet browser history without consent.
Why, you ask? So they can sell it to advertisers and make money — that's why.
So, basically, your entire internet browsing history is about to be up for grabs, so companies can use your personal information for their own advertising benefits.
However, a clever guy named Adam McElhaney from Chattanooga, Tennessee, doesn't agree with the new law and decided to do something about it.
The man -- who calls himself a "privacy activist and neutrality advocate" -- created a GoFundMe page to purchase the internet history of leading Republicans and Federal Communications Commission members.
I bet they didn't see that coming.
(Here's Adam, BTW.)
McElhaney plans on raising 1 million dollars so he can buy the browser history of House Speaker Paul Ryan, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, FCC Chairman Ajit Pa and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
If he raises enough money to purchase them, he plans on making their histories searchable on searchinternethistory.com.
In his GoFundMe page, he explains this will include "everything from their medical, pornographic, to their financial and infidelity."
McElhaney penned a detailed description about why he's trying to publicize lawmakers' histories, and said,
Help me raise money to buy the histories of those who took away your right to privacy for just thousands of dollars from telephone and ISPs. Your private data will be bought and sold to marketing companies, law enforcement. Let's turn the tables. Let's buy THEIR history and make it available.
Needless to say, people are pumped.
At this very moment, US citizens have already donated a whopping $58,760.
They're commenting on his page, saying things like "What's fair is fair for all," and "Brilliant idea."
Adam reassured his donators that money raised will be used to "restore our right to privacy."
It's been reported if people don't have the funds to donate to the cause but possess skills in the legal field, they should help the page's administrators in their battle to purchase the browser histories of leading Republican lawmakers.
Based on the growing support and the number of donations McElhaney has gotten so far, there's reason to hope the lawmakers' histories will be publicized.
I mean, what's fair is fair, after all... right?
Citations: Crowdfunding campaign seeks to purchase search history of lawmakers who killed internet privacy (Resistance Report), Your browsing history may be up for sale soon. Here's what you need to know (The Guardian)