I Requested a Copy of Congressman Kevin Cramer’s Internet Browser History Today


U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND) talks at the public launch of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba while at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, U.S. on January 8, 2015. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File photo

There has been a lot of stink recently about Congress and President Donald Trump approving legislation to head off an Obama-era rule change which, according to its supporters, would have stopped your internet service provider from selling data about your internet habits.

It’s worth noting that the rule never actually went into effect, and so what Congress and Trump did was effectively maintain the status quo. So I’m not sure I buy all the outrage.

Do we have evidence that our ISP’s were selling our data? Or was this the Obama administration acting on behalf of their allies at Google to hobble the search giant’s competition?

I suspect the latter.

Anyway, one of the talking points from critics of the move has been the suggestion that we should ask for the browsing history of members of Congress. In fact, a caller asked Congressman Kevin Cramer for his browsing history during an appearance on my colleague Jay Thomas’ show on 970 WDAY.

“I have one question, just a yes or a no, would you be willing to release your internet history?” a caller identifying himself as “Dave” asked.

“Oh, of course. Yes, absolutely. No problem,” Cramer answered.

That answer has now been picked up by CNN.

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Again, I think a lot of the outrage on this issue is overblown, but if Cramer’s offering to turn over his browsing history I’m not going to turn him down.

I sent a request this morning in to his communications person. Because why the hell not.

I’ll keep you readers updated on what I get in response.