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

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posted on Apr, 4 2017 @ 02:58 AM
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Also, in case anyone missed the update, Trump signed the bill.

Trump signs internet privacy repeal


President Trump signed a bill on Monday repealing internet privacy rules passed last year by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would have given internet users greater control over what service providers can do with their data, a White House spokeswoman confirmed.

The FCC regulations would have required broadband companies to get permission from their customers in order to use their “sensitive” data — including browsing history, geolocation and financial and medical information — to create targeted advertisements.


The CRA:

The bill uses a little-known tool called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that allows Congress and the president to overturn recently passed agency regulations. A successful CRA bill also prevents the agency from implementing similar rules in the future.


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Net Neutrality is supposed to be next.

I wonder if Hillary had won and had signed this? There would be 10 times the participation and concern for this.
Interesting how that works around here now.
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posted on Apr, 4 2017 @ 12:35 PM
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That's also a good point. Had a left leaning Government been in power, I think the outcry would have been of a far greater magnitude.


As I stop and think about how the internet came into existence, I remind myself of xmodem, ymodem, and zmodem and how they were just so prone to error, that Ethernet being an inherently error correcting protocol became mainstream.


While a revisitation of how to actually transmit across the internet (more specifically a backbone) would be a vast undertaking....redesigning hardware to burst with a protocol other than Ethernet is always something on the table. The ISP's can prov ide the backbone and the encryption travels across ethernet, but if hardware encrypts the transmission and receiving hardware decrypts the transmission, they really will get nothing other than scrambled data on an Ethernet backbone.


Just food for thought.

ETA: Yet, after rethinking this, whats to stop the ISP's from purchasing the same hardware simply for decryption purposes....maybe not such a great idea.
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posted on Apr, 4 2017 @ 12:56 PM
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Basically this amounts to ISPs being allowed to sell targeted advertising, the same as Google, Facebook and Amazon.

Why not? I really don't care if the sidebar ads on websites are relevant to me or some random product.

It's not personally identifying. Go ahead and set up an advertising account with Google or Facebook. You can choose to target your ad to age groups, gender, location, income, or many other categories.

There's no way to access individual data, ( IP addresses). Only admins for the ISP could, and already can anyways.



posted on Apr, 4 2017 @ 05:49 PM
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originally posted by: AutonomousMeatPuppet
Basically this amounts to ISPs being allowed to sell targeted advertising, the same as Google, Facebook and Amazon.

Why not? I really don't care if the sidebar ads on websites are relevant to me or some random product.

It's not personally identifying. Go ahead and set up an advertising account with Google or Facebook. You can choose to target your ad to age groups, gender, location, income, or many other categories.

There's no way to access individual data, ( IP addresses). Only admins for the ISP could, and already can anyways.


There's a couple of reasons.

The first is that you're assuming that the Google/Facebook business model (which Amazon also adopted for another revenue stream) is acceptable. It's not. Allowing these companies to sell your information without your consent is a violation of your privacy. Your data, including metadata and biometric data is your data, and you should be able to authorize what they use it for. We've already recognized this for physical data in the US but seem to have some trouble making the leap to electronic data. It will happen eventually, but that doesn't mean we should be complacent now.

The second reason is one of the marketplace. It's simply not practical to create competing ISP's due to the need for competing network infrastructure. Like any other utilities, we don't make competing electric lines, roads, or waterways. We build them once and use them for all because these things are expensive and money is a limited resource that must be spent wisely. There is little to no competition for ISP's in the US, and even in the scenarios where there is competition, that competition involves a sub contractor selling their own product on the main ISP's network. The parent companies (often times the only companies) have total control over everything. You cannot take your business elsewhere, and with the importance of data to every day life, you cannot go without internet just as you cannot go without electricity or water. In short, there is no competition, so we cannot allow the market to decide this question. It's one that can only be solved through law and regulation. Giving companies free reign to harvest your data is not right, for the reasons I outlined in my first reason. We should not go backwards on this. Worth pointing out, one can choose to not use Google, they can instead use DuckDuckGo. One can avoid Facebook, they can chat on forums, email, instant messengers, and text messages. One can choose which online products they use, and while these products should have opt outs for data harvesting, there are market choices out there which don't harvest. That is not true with ISP's. They suck up all the data, and you have no choice to go to a competitor that won't.



posted on Apr, 4 2017 @ 06:12 PM
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I dont care...

I truly do not..

Know why... we just had an administration try very hard to slip in some language that would legalize selling all of your private information on the global market.

The only reason that was stopped is Trump got elected.. If he gets impeached or does not run for or get re-elected I fully expect the TPP to get back on track under a new name.

I could care less about my browser history... I am much more concerned with my personal information being protected from Govt abuse... my browser history meh.

Like some have mentioned they will see free porn... college courses, and a handful of web boards... oh and amazon.



posted on May, 15 2017 @ 10:51 PM
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More and more, privacy has become a thing of the past.




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