Trump’s repeal allows any internet service provider such as Comcast, AT&T, Optimum, Verizon, and more to sell just how you use the internet to whomever is willing to pay the most for it.
Obama’s privacy regulations would have required users to opt in to provide private information to internet service providers. It would also require service providers to communicate with you if any of your information has been compromised. Well, not anymore.
Let’s break down exactly what this means. Here is a short list of exactly what these deep pocketed companies would have access to:
- Exactly what websites you visit.
- How long you spend on that website.
- When you’re using the internet.
- Which applications your mobile devices are using.
- What you’re doing within those mobile apps.
- How long you use those mobile apps.
- Location data of your devices.
Terrifying I know.
Major internet service providers such as Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T have come out and all cleverly said “they have no plans to sell that information.” That’s great but what about tomorrow or next week? Under Trump’s repeal they do not need to let customers know that their private information is being sold.
So what can we do as users?
Private browsing on your browser? Sadly, no. That feature does not prevent your service providers from getting that data. The most effective way of protecting out data at this point is using a reputable Virtual Private Network or VPN. And even using a VPN does not have 100% of people confident that their information is kept private.
The fact is, by the time you’re finished reading this, you visiteing this page, from (enter city here), for a few minutes, could very well have already been sold to a perspective advertiser considering advertising on this webpage to you’re demographic. How do you feel about that?