EFF – Repealing Broadband Privacy Rules, Congress Sides with the Cable and Telephone Industry
“Putting the interests of Internet providers over Internet users, Congress today voted to erase landmark broadband privacy protections. If the bill is signed into law, companies like Cox, Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, and Verizon will have free rein to hijack your searches, sell your data, and hammer you with unwanted advertisements. Worst yet, consumers will now have to pay a privacy tax by relying on VPNs to safeguard their information. That is a poor substitute for legal protections.”
Related – Five Creepy Things Your ISP Could Do if Congress Repeals the FCC’s Privacy Protections
TC – Everything you need to know about Congress’ decision to expose your data to internet providers
“But in the meantime, yes, they can get away with quite a bit:
– ISPs can record and sell your browsing history, data on which apps and services you use and so on.
– ISPs may or may not be required to notify you in case of a breach (this differs state by state).
– ISPs can still force you to resolve complaints or violations in their internal system via forced arbitration.
– ISPs could give subscribers a discount for agreeing to share personal information — but why bother when they get it for free?
It’s also a great time to experiment with invasive practices like ad injection and supercookies, and questionable ones like zero rating. Why not, right?”
iVerge – The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them (They betrayed you for chump change)
“The only people who seem to want this are the people who are going to make lots of money from it. (Hint: they work for companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.) Incidentally, these people and their companies routinely give lots of money to members of Congress.
So here is a list of the lawmakers who voted to betray you, and how much money they received from the telecom industry in their most recent election cycle.”
What can you do?
Use a VPN. (You ought to be using this on public/unsecured wifi anyway.)
“A virtual private network (VPN) is a virtualized extension of a private network across a public network, such as the Internet. It enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network. Applications running across the VPN may therefore benefit from the functionality, security, and management of the private network.” Wikipedia
Basically a VPN is a private tunnel for your communications.
I use Torguard on my computers and Android phones. I’m going into my third year of using it and it has been hassle free.
Right now Torguard is on sale for 1/2 off (I don’t know how long the sale will last).
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I am going to waive the No Politics rule for this post. Keep it civil y’all.
All other rules apply.