Internet Providers Can Now Invade And Sell Your Browser History.
A lot of speculations are being made regarding the new legislation, which was handed to President Trump on Tuesday. This law will allow internet providers, like AT&T and Version, to gain and sell your private information on Internet, including your browsing history. This raises the question of customer security and protection of privacy policies.
Trump is expected to sign the legislation which was refused by Congress in October. The law might seem dramatic in theory; however that is not the case. Almost every IPS (Internet Service provider) comes with a set of privacy policies. If an ISP attempts to share or sell your information, it would be considered as a violation of company’s privacy policies, for which it can be sued or dragged to court. ISP’s generally use and share basic information with marketers, which doesn’t violate privacy. For example, Facebook can share age related information with a brand to help sell their aging products to certain age. It is the only way anybody’s web history is sold to gain profit.
In order to ensure your privacy, you can invest in a VPN (Virtual Private Network), which helps to hide your location. You can use Tor, which helps in masking your identity, while surfing. You can also ensure that you use a HTTPS network, as they are considered more secure. However, these are not the best ways, as there are site which block VPN’s, like Netflix.
It seems unnecessary to establish a law giving freedom to Internet providers, to invade and exploit the basic features of data security. As government can gain information from these networks by simply using a warrant.
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