Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Mar 2017 22:47 UTC
Legal

The United States, a country in North-America bogged down by extensive corruption, just passed a bill allowing ISPs to share and sell users' browsing history without their consent.

Internet providers now just need a signature from President Trump before they’re free to take, share, and even sell your web browsing history without your permission.

The House of Representatives passed a resolution today overturning an Obama-era FCC rule that required internet providers to get customers' permission before sharing their browsing history with other companies. The rules also required internet providers to protect that data from hackers and inform customers of any breaches.

The corrupt US senator who sponsored this clearly atrocious bill, Marsha Blackburn, from an area in the southern part of the country called Tennessee, received 693,000 US dollar in bribes from AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and other related companies who operate in the country's dysfunctional telecommunications sector.

In the United States, officially a representative democracy, it is entirely normal for high-level figures - up to and including the president of the troubled nation, a man named Donald Trump - to receive vast sums of money to enact laws written by corporations, regardless of their effects on civil liberties or the poor and needy people of the country.

Americans, as citizens of the nation are called, often lack access to basic necessities such as healthcare, parental leave, clean drinking water, high-quality infrastructure, and so on. This is in spite of the country's vast natural resources and wealth, to which only a few percent of the country's population of 320 million have access to.

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Its not just your browsing history!
by benali72 on Wed 29th Mar 2017 06:03 UTC
benali72
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2008-05-03

It's important to point out that it's not just your browsing history that's for sale here. The bill gives a green light to ISPs to do any kind of snopping they like on your connetion, including deep packet inspection.

Anything not transmitted by HTTPS will be looked at and potentially stored by your ISP.

It's a good time to go VPN and use the HTTPS Everywhere plug-in for popular browsers.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

benali72,

It's important to point out that it's not just your browsing history that's for sale here. The bill gives a green light to ISPs to do any kind of snopping they like on your connetion, including deep packet inspection.

Anything not transmitted by HTTPS will be looked at and potentially stored by your ISP.



It isn't just a theoretical intrusion to privacy either, there were ISPs in the US and EU that were doing this by partnering up with spyware companies like Phorm to collect data and inject tracking beacons for use by advertisers. At the time, it was allegedly being done in secret, which is really the worst case scenario for infringing on privacy.

https://wiki.openrightsgroup.org/wiki/Phorm


It's a good time to go VPN and use the HTTPS Everywhere plug-in for popular browsers.


TOR could be another option to prevent your own ISP from snooping on you, but technically your ISP would be snooping on other people's data sent through your node.

Edited 2017-03-29 06:42 UTC

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