Lawmaker: Using the internet is a choice

Internet is a choice

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When it comes to your privacy online -- things have changed.

President Trump recently approved a law that lets internet providers sell your browsing habits without your express permission, or you even knowing it.

Now, a Wisconsin senator is defending those service providers. He says you don't *have to use the internet at all." It's your choice!

But in today's world,  is using the internet really a choice?

I tried to go without the internet for this story.

You have no idea how tough this was. I spent 38 minutes walking around the newsroom asking a receptionist and the people that work in our GM's office for a phone book.

This is what we found 1, 2, 3, 4 phone books all from 2004 or 2006.

Just 11 years out of date at the minimum.

It took me another 10 minutes to find a street atlas to get me around Pinellas County. There a number I called to find a career consulting agency. It wasn't even the right one! So imagine trying to conduct a job search or even doing your job without the internet.

“It's absolutely impossible. It's extremely hard,” Brianna Miller said. “For me it wouldn't work. I wouldn't have a job without internet.”

I don't even know if it is a choice really these days,” said Joe Barker. “I think It's not really much of a conscious choice. I think that if you live in this world, you're using the internet.”

RIVERA: This sounds like almost every single aspect of getting a job now requires the internet in some way.

Shauri Gibson, CareerSource Pinellas account executive: Absolutely. All recruiters are using linkedin as their primary recruiting tool.

RIVERA: I mean there is a choice to use it, but not a choice if you want a job.

GIBSON: For a successful job search, you will utilize the internet.

RIVERA: So, I had to cheat. I had to use email to get in touch with a source today.

So now you know how tough it is to get things done to do your job to be productive without the internet on a daily basis.

So when you see politicians defending internet service providers and their right to sell your information without you even knowing it and defending it on Twitter of all places saying you have a choice to use the Internet.

They're not really living in the real world.

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