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GoFundMe Fundraiser Gets $200,000 to Release Politicians’ Search History

Adam McElhaney, a privacy activist, started a GoFundMe fundraiser after he learned about the S.J. Res 34 and H.J Res 86 bills. He was furious about his highly sensitive personal information like his health information, mobile app usage, financial information, social security, and precise geo-location being sold to the highest bidder.

The campaign was trending shortly after it was posted.  McElhaney’s goal was to reach $10,000.  He ended up exceeding his goal and earned $200,000 just after 8 days.  The money will be used to expose legislators’, congressmen’s, and executives’ Internet search history.  It will be available on searchinternethistory.com.

McElhaney does not want to keep any of the money he raised.  If donors want their money back, then he will gladly refund it.  All of the donations will go to the American Civil Liberties Union or Electronic Frontier Foundation.

He isn’t the only person fight back against this bill.

Max Temkin, the creator of the board game Cards Against Humanity, stated on Twitter he would “buy the browser history of every congressman and congressional aide and publish it.”

Many Republicans helped pass S.J. Res 34 and H.J Res 86.  Some of them include: Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Paul Ryan (R-WI), and John McCain (R-AZ).  Democratic Congressmen Mike Capuano (D-MA) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) collaborated to start a petition that will go to the White House if it reaches 100,000 signatures by April 28, 2017, and tell President Donald Trump that American citizens strongly oppose this 1984-Big Brother-Orwellian bill.  At the time this piece was written, the whitehouse.gov petition had over 3,800 signatures. Despite the bills passing, this should not deter privacy advocates from working hard to restore freedom.

The most disturbing part of this bill is that your information can be sold without your knowledge and consent; even if you use a VPN.  Information about your children can be sold, too, which makes this even more frightening and inhumane.

Even though President Trump signed the bill into law on Monday, privacy advocates should still take the initiative and continue to fight it. Be proactive and call your local representatives, tweet President Trump on Twitter, and send a letter to the White House urging him to keep your information private.  Encourage your friends, family, and acquaintances to do the same. Use govtrack.us to find out who your local representatives are.

Keep in mind this bill comes shortly after Julian Assange of WikiLeaks told the public of the revelations about the CIA spying on innocent Americans through technology and devices.  Even if your smart television appears off, your conversations could be secretly recorded without your consent and given to the CIA.  Another noteworthy piece of information from the WikiLeaks press release is that even Linux users are vulnerable to being spied on.

Hopefully, things will not become like the Google Toilet video; Where the thought police control what you say.  Read 1984 by George Orwell to learn how bad things can get.  Americans must unite, become educated, and take initiative to fight for justice.  If we do not fight for our freedoms, then they will continue to disappear one by one, and, eventually, the United States of America will reach the point of no return.

Written by Girly Brainiac

Girly Brainiac is a privacy advocate and autodidact.  Check out her blog. She is a Guest Contributor to Progressive Army.

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GoFundMe Fundraiser Gets $200,000 to Release Politicians’ Search History