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DSCC Targets Flake Town Hall With Snapchat Filter Highlighting Vote To Sell Out Your Online Privacy

As Senator Jeff Flake finally holds a town hall meeting during the congressional recess, today the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching a geo-targeted snapchat filter highlighting Sen. Flake’s vote to sell out Arizonans’ internet privacy to big telecommunications companies.

In March – after accepting over $75,000 in campaign contributions from the telecommunications industry – Senator Flake sponsored and voted for a bill to let big telecommunications companies “sell your information to the highest bidder without your permission,” including your Social Security number, financial and health information. Incredulously, when confronted about his vote Senator Flake defended his legislation as a “good thing.”  Recent polling shows that 74-percent of Americans, including three quarters of Republicans – opposed Senator Flake’s bill.   

“Senator Flake has sold out American’s most confidential and personal information to big telecommunications companies because that’s what his wealthy, special interest allies wanted him to do,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “Arizonans of every political persuasion do not want their most intimate information up for sale to the highest bidder, and we encourage the voters who are participating in this town hall to hold Senator Flake accountable for pushing the agenda of his rich and powerful friends at the expense of Arizonans’ personal liberty.”

The filter will be available to Snapchat users in the geographic proximity of the townhall before, during and after the event and is available below. Previously, the DSCC launched targeted Google search advertisements highlighting Sen. Flake and Heller’s support for this bill.

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Here’s what they’re saying about Senator Flake’s proposal:

  • The Arizona Republic wrote that thanks to Senator Flake’s legislation “Telecommunications giants such as Cox Communications, Verizon, AT&T and Comcast can, without asking, keep tabs on consumers’ Web-surfing and phone-app habits and peddle that information to advertisers and marketers.”

  • The digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation stated “’Big internet providers will be given new powers to harvest your personal information in extraordinarily creepy ways…’They will watch your every action online and create highly personalized and sensitive profiles for the highest bidder. All without your consent.’”

  • And the ACLU said “’It is extremely disappointing that Congress is sacrificing the privacy rights of Americans in the interest of protecting the profits of major internet companies including Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon.”

Senator Flake has also faced a barrage of criticism on the issue from local and national outlets:
Sierra Vista Herald: Privacy is our concern, Sen. Flake.
Eastern Arizona Courier: Editorial: See what your neighbor does online, just $19.99.
Phoenix New Times: Senator Jeff Flake: Why Sharing Your Private Internet Data Is a Good Thing.
Arizona Republic: Robb: Pounding Sen. Flake over internet privacy.
The Daily Wildcat: Bill to sell information on users’ internet activity passes Senate.
Phoenix New Times: Flake’s Bill Allowing Internet Companies to Sell Your Private Data Passes Congress.
Frontier Foundation: Republicans in Congress Are Disregarding Their Own Privacy Policies.
New York Times Editorial: Republicans Attack Internet Privacy.
U.S. News and World Report Opinion: Selling Out Consumers.
Washington Post: The House just voted to wipe away the FCC’s landmark Internet privacy protections.
Daily Kos: Republicans voted to destroy online privacy, but can they defend it to voters?

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