Your Internet data: more like Redcoats living in your home or black gold in the ground?

Nate Anderson

Your Internet data: more like Redcoats living in your home or black gold in the ground?

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), opened his remarks on Internet privacy today with a colorful analogy—companies who use your personal Internet information without first obtaining consent are like the Redcoats, quartering in your home against your will.

"I’m going to read the Third Amendment to the Constitution of the United States," Barton began. "’No Soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law’… If the Founding Fathers would have had the Internet, instead of saying that without the consent of the owner to put soldiers in your home, they would have said without the consent of the Internet user, they couldn’t collect data."

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