Tim Berners-Lee: selling private citizens’ browsing data is ‘disgusting’

The Trump administration’s decision to allow internet service providers (ISPs) to sign away their customers’ privacy and sell the browsing habits of their customers is “disgusting” and “appalling”, according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the world wide web.

Talking to the Guardian as he was declared recipient of the prestigious Association for Computing Machinery’s AM Turing award on Tuesday, Berners-Lee expressed mounting concerns about the direction of the internet he did so much to promote.

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The inventor of the Web predicts ‘a massive outcry’ over online privacy
More than two decades ago, Tim Berners-Lee invented the thing you're using to read this story right now — the World Wide Web. Since then, the Web has evolved in ways few could have foreseen, giving rise to apps, the gig economy and smart appliances. As Berners-Lee prepares to accept the prized Turing Award on Tuesday — an honor recognizing the historic accomplishments of a computer scientist — he reflected with The Post on Congress's recent vote (and President Trump's signature on Monday night) to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's privacy rules for Internet providers. The following transcript has been edited for length and clarity.

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