1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Get A VPN: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your web browsing history to advertisers

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2008
    Messages:
    884
    Likes Received:
    3,324
    Occupation:
    Chair moistener.
    Location:
    Cyberspace
    This is about LOSS OF PRIVACY and how to protect yourself, it's not about how you feel about any Govt.

    The best way to protect yourself is with proxies or a VPN.

    ---

    Senate votes to let ISPs sell your web browsing history to advertisers

    ISP now stands for "invading subscriber privacy," Democratic senator says.

    The US Senate today voted to eliminate broadband privacy rules that would have required ISPs to get consumers' explicit consent before selling or sharing Web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other companies.

    The rules were approved in October 2016 by the Federal Communications Commission's then-Democratic leadership, but are opposed by the FCC's new Republican majority and Republicans in Congress.

    The Senate today used its power under the Congressional Review Act to ensure that the FCC rulemaking "shall have no force or effect" and to prevent the FCC from issuing similar regulations in the future.

    The House, also controlled by Republicans, would need to vote on the measure before the privacy rules are officially eliminated. President Trump could also preserve the privacy rules by issuing a veto.

    If the House and Trump agree with the Senate's action, ISPs won't have to seek customer approval before sharing their browsing histories and other private information with advertisers.

    The Senate action "would allow Comcast, Verizon, Charter, AT&T, and other broadband providers to take control away from consumers and relentlessly collect and sell their sensitive information without the consent of that family," Markey said. That sensitive information includes health and financial information, and information about children, he said. ISPs want to "draw a map" of where families shop and go to school, and sell it to data brokers "or anyone else who wants to make a profit off you," Markey said.

    "Your home broadband provider can know when you wake up each day—either by knowing the time each morning that you log on to the Internet to check the weather/news of the morning, or through a connected device in your home," Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said during Senate floor debate yesterday. "And that provider may know immediately if you are not feeling well—assuming you decide to peruse the Internet like most of us to get a quick check on your symptoms. In fact, your broadband provider may know more about your health—and your reaction to illness—than you are willing to share with your doctor."

    Home Internet providers can also "build a profile about your listening and viewing habits," while mobile broadband providers "know how you move about your day through information about your geolocation and Internet activity through your mobile device," he said.

    "This is a gold mine of data—the holy grail so to speak," Nelson said. "It is no wonder that broadband providers want to be able to sell this information to the highest bidder without consumers’ knowledge or consent. And they want to collect and use this information without providing transparency or being held accountable."

    Few consumers have any choice of Internet provider, said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Thus, their only choice may be between "giving up their browsing history for an Internet provider to sell to the highest bidder or having no Internet at all," he said.

    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy...ell-your-web-browsing-history-to-advertisers/
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 3
  2. MisterF

    MisterF Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2009
    Messages:
    7,818
    Likes Received:
    6,308
    Occupation:
    Conference Organiser, Business Advisor.,
    Location:
    JADIP
    Home Page:
    This was going to come about at some point, sadly.

    It's like store loyalty cards, many people believe it's the stores working in your interests offering you that extra discount on your shopping and don't see how valuable your shopping habits are in terms of raw data etc.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 2
  3. Reaver

    Reaver Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2015
    Messages:
    1,904
    Likes Received:
    5,465
    Gender:
    Female
    Hmm.

    I wonder how many people know that they can use a VPN to hide their data and browsing history. People like my parents and brother have no clue. They don't really care either. I could send them this article and they would read it and still wouldn't care.

    I'm also wondering if I can use a VPN to hide my VPN.
     
  4. Adlad

    Adlad Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2009
    Messages:
    731
    Likes Received:
    368
  5. JustUs

    JustUs Power Member

    Joined:
    May 6, 2012
    Messages:
    626
    Likes Received:
    588
    Shame, shame. Give them what they want, but make it meaningless.
     
  6. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2008
    Messages:
    884
    Likes Received:
    3,324
    Occupation:
    Chair moistener.
    Location:
    Cyberspace
    your shopping habits also determine your credit-worthiness.

    several years ago i was listening to a radio program about privacy and
    the guest said a statistics company determined that people who bought
    a certain item (he didn't say what) were a bad credit risk.

    this info was then sold to the lenders who used it to turn people down.
     
  7. asap1

    asap1 BANNED BANNED

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2013
    Messages:
    4,961
    Likes Received:
    3,185
    You smell that?

    Smells like MONAYYY!