The US Congress recently voted to eliminate Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers, thereby giving them permission to spy on your online activities and even to sell your Internet history to the highest bidder. The private information of you and other American residents is expected to generate of between $35 billion and $70 billion in revenue for the Internet Service Providers.
Luckily, many of the individual state legislatures are stepping in to protect the privacy of their own citizens.
California legislators are expected to begin voting this week on an initiative that would require internet service providers, or ISPs, to seek a customer’s permission before using or selling any information about their online activities. The California vote is being watched closely by both sides of the internet privacy issue, with consumer advocates and even some small ISPs lining up in favor of the new regulations, and larger ISPs opposing them.
20 or so other states considering similar expanded data privacy protections.
You can read more in an article by Allen St. John in the Consumer Reports web site at: http://bit.ly/2tnarW2.