Tim Berners-Lee’s View on Donald Trump’s Internet Privacy Rollback

I am not one to get into politics or discuss politics on the regular until Trump took office. It’s not that I don’t like political discussions but I’ve seen a few discussion go sour quickly between friends with opposite views.

Like most of the general public that uses the internet I’m appalled of Trump’s repeal of U.S. broadband privacy rules. It truly feels like our privacy is being taken away which makes us feel more vulnerable.I came across this Huffington Post article this morning and I wanted to share it with all you guys. First off I did not know the internet was made by Tim Berners-Lee and that he created the world’s very first website. Isn’t that fascinating? Also, who knew the web was launched in December of 1990?

Per the article on the Huffington Post, Tim Berners-Lee states Trump administration’s decision to allow internet service providers (ISPs) to sign away their customers’ privacy and sell the browsing habits of their customers is “disgusting” and “appalling.” I couldn’t agree more!

Though we all don’t know how impactful the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s privacy rules will be; it’s nice to know that AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon will voluntarily not sell customers information.

Below is the full Huffington Post article:

Inventor Of The Web Skewers Donald Trump’s ‘Disgusting’ Internet Privacy Rollback

The Trump administration’s rollback on Obama-era internet privacy rules is “disgusting” and “appalling,” says the man who created the world wide web.

Tim Berners-Lee spoke out against the repeal of the Federal Communications Commission’s privacy rules Tuesday, soon after being declared the recipient of the 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award ― a $1 million accolade dubbed the “Nobel Prize of computing.”

House Republicans voted on March 28 to allow internet service providers to share customers’ personal information (including browsing history) without their consent. President Donald Trump signed the bill into law Monday.

But Berners-Lee was far from happy.

“The attitude is really appalling,” the 61-year-old English computer scientist said in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian. “That bill was a disgusting bill because when we use the web, we are so vulnerable.”

Berners-Lee, who launched the world’s very first website in December 1990, noted how “when people use the web what they do is really, really intimate.”

“You have the right to go to a doctor in privacy where it’s just between you and the doctor,” he said. “And similarly, you have to be able to go to the web.”


source: Huffington Post, The Guardian