In the wake of Congress’ recent vote to allow Internet Service Providers to not only access but also sell your private data to the highest bidder, many Americans are angry and concerned. One activist has created a controversial plan as payback.
Max Temkin, the creator of the popular card game, “Cards Against Humanity” expressed his concern and disgust with representatives voting against net neutrality.
In a series of rapid Tweets, Temkin revealed his plan to effectively give all 256 representatives who voted for the legislation a dose of their own medicine. Temkin wants these legislators to experience the same loss of privacy as the average American who will be negatively affected by this vote.
“If this shit passes I will buy the browser history of every congressman and congressional aide and publish it,” he wrote.
Temkin has said he doesn’t want other’s approval or their money for that matter. The card game creator said he will use his own personal funds – no crowdfunds, no donations – just Temkin buying the data and publishing it for the world to see.
While the data isn’t currently available for purchase, Temkin says it can be easily obtained once the legislation passes.
Temkin was asked via a tweet how he could possible tie a specific IP to a congressman. “IP blocks of congressmen and congressional staffers are known, see @congressedits,” he responded.
Apparently Temkin isn’t the only one thinking this way. Adam McElhaney, a Tennessee resident, created a GoFundMe account so he can buy the same information.
“I think that your private Internet history should be yours,” McElhaney said. “I plan on purchasing the Internet histories of all legislators, congressmen, executives, and their families and make them easily searchable at searchinternethistory.com.”
McElhaney’s stated goal on his page is to “turn the tables” and “buy their history” when it becomes available. Congress voted on the proposal on March 28 and it was approved. Now, the only thing stopping the bill would be President Trump’s veto.