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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Five Creepy Things Your ISP Could Do if Congress Repeals the FCC’s Privacy Protections

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have a history of invading their customers’ privacy until they caught at it. History has shown that ISPs in the past have sold data to marketeers (and apparently still do that), hijacked customers’ searches and directed them to paid advertising sites instead, inserted ads into web pages you view which did not contain advertising otherwise, and performed other objectionable things to your web usage.

Now new efforts by the Trump administration are trying to repeal all the privacy restrictions put in place by the FCC in recent years. If successful, the result will be “open season” on consumers by ISPs who will be free to do whatever spying and hijacking they wish. Examples of what could happen if we don’t stop Congress now are given in an article by Jeremy Gillula in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s web site at:

NOTE: Most of these actions can be blocked by using a VPN. That makes your web use invisible to your ISP. That is just one more reason why you should use a VPN all the time, regardless of the FCC’s actions.

Categories: Legal Affairs, Online Privacy & Security

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