Citing free markets and consumer’s choice, U.S. lawmakers narrowly passed a resolution to revoke (an already weak and murky) FCC rule that required IPS companies to get customer permission before sharing (read as selling) customers browsing history with advertisers and the like.
Up for sale to the highest bidder, are:
- the websites you visit
- the apps you used
- your search history
- content on your emails
- health and financial information
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One roadblock before ISP’s (telecom companies like, Comcast, Verizon & AT&T) can start making buck on your private online data: President Trump’s signature.
Because Republicans were the major supporters, Trump, who’s also a Republican (sorta, kinda, uh…maybe), word on the street is he’ll sign on the dotted line – no questions asked.
ISP’s have long complained restrictions put them at a competitive disadvantage with search engines and social sites who routinely sell their customer’s data to advertisers.
Although the complaint doesn’t compare apples to apples, it appears the 265 congressional republicans who voted for the resolution, figured they could slide it past the folks back home.
Then again, money donated to congressional campaign coffers speaks in mysterious ways…
And, it’s probably just a coincident that everyone voting for the resolution, had received some of that telecom money.
I’m not saying you can buy a congress member for a measly thousand bucks, but that’s what telecom’s ‘donated’ to the honorable John Kennedy, who represents the fine state of Louisiana,
Considering South Dakota’s John Thune got $215,000, Mr. Kennedy’s a real cheap date.
Wanna know how much your congressperson got from the telecom industry?
Click on the following blue link: Congress Made Buck For Selling Out American Public’s Internet Privacy Rights
Let’s assume Trump’ll sign. What then?
A lotta whining and lotta noise on social sites.
The more Internet savvy may attempt to hide from their ISP by using a VPN. Basically, a VPN encrypts your online activity via a private network, then decrypts when it reaches the destination.
VPNs essentially forward all your network traffic to the network, which is where the benefits – like accessing local network resources remotely and bypassing Internet censorship – all come from. Most operating systems have integrated VPN support…”
As the general online public becomes aware of their lack of privacy, companies will start dogging us to buy their VPN services.
Be careful. My brief research has convinced me that free VPN networks aren’t worth bothering with.
And, according to researchers, 90% of SSL VPNs are ‘hopelessly insecure’.
Definitely do your research before you buy into a VPN service. Here’s a brief, but handy vpn comparison chart.
Conclusion: The source of many society’s ills begin (and end) with the lack of empathy of our elected government officials…
They don’t live like us. They don’t face the same problems. Most of them don’t pay taxes. They get free health care. And, you can bet their Internet connections aren’t with Comcast! (Ask Hillary…)
Until we get congress to ‘grant’ back our online privacy, we’ll just have to roll with it when, and if, President Trump signs on.
Ultimately, the whole mess is Un-American, and would infuriate our Founding Fathers!
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Talk to you next time…