DCCC: MacArthur voted to allow sale of his constituents’ internet browsing data


Submitted by Evan Lukaske,

In the wake of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, Washington Republicans and Representative Tom MacArthur have made a large show of supposedly fighting to protect their constituents’ privacy, questioning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Capitol Hill and introducing legislation to strengthen privacy protections.

There’s just one tiny flaw with the charade.

MacArthur himself worsened the problem last year, when he voted to roll back critical privacy protections and to allow Internet Service Providers to sell their constituents’ browsing data without their consent. It’s shameful, but not surprising—after all, MacArthur has taken at least $19,000 from the telecommunications industry.

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“Representative MacArthur’s actions and words ring hollow,” said DCCC Spokesman Evan Lukaske. “Just last year, MacArthur voted to allow Internet service providers to sell the personal browsing history of their customers without their consent and violated the personal privacy of each and every one of his constituents. Just as he’s done his entire career, MacArthur put corporate interests over the private, personal interests of New Jerseyans, and families in his district will hold him accountable.”

Evan Lukaske, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Photo: MacArthur for Congress.