The Republicans' decision to allow internet services providers to sell your personal information invades consumers’ online privacy, says Tom Wheeler of the New York Times. Americans' information is now the property of internet service providers instead of the people that create it. This data includes private details about health, and financial and personal matters. According to Wheeler, it doesn’t belong to corporations to sell off to the highest bidder, particularly because they are paid to provide a service to begin with.
Revoking the FCC’s internet privacy rules removes regulations that curbed internet service providers while giving social media companies a free pass, argues Sean Moran of Breitbart. Companies like Verizon got restrained while Facebook and Google were able to acquire massive amounts of consumer data, creating an unequal playing field. Moran infers that this action creates a truly open internet that will facilitate the FTC, the primary regulator of privacy, in equally regulating all collectors of consumer data, whether they are social media companies or internet service providers.