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Tim Berners-Lee: Selling Private Citizens' Browsing Data Is 'disgusting'


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Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

World Wide Web creator and 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Sir Tim Berners-Lee says he is appalled by the Trump administration's decisions to dismantle net neutrality and to allow Internet service providers to sell customers' browsing data to advertisers.

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In an interview, World Wide Web creator and 2016 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Sir Tim Berners-Lee says he is appalled by the Trump administration's decision to dismantle net neutrality rules and let Internet service providers sell their customers' browsing data to advertisers.

"When people use the Web what they do is...reveal absolutely everything, more about them than they know themselves sometimes," Berners-Lee notes.

He expects the rollback of net neutrality to result in "a massive pushback" from the public.

He also thinks people's growing aggravation with online ads and clickbait could engender a backlash. "I think we might get a world in which certainly those who can afford it block out a space where their children can learn online without spending most of their time watching ads, for example, and therefore get a better education," he says.

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