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Originally posted by Melen
I've worked for an ISP for 13 years. There is some data which we keep, such as dialup logs and email logs (the sender and recipient, not the actual email itself), but browsing history? Absolutely not. In fact, for small to medium sized ISPs, there's no cheap, practical way to log and store that much data for any period of time. Most logs that are kept contain connection details only (i.e. user connected on this day, at this time), not the actual data being sent and received via that connection.
Even for those logs, we only keep a months worth, and then they're rotated off automatically.
I'm sure the larger organizations have something in place for this, but it's paranoid to think all, or even the majority, of ISPs can and do this sort of information collecting.
As for options, there's always something like Tor. Keep in mind, even if you use a proxy server to bounce your web connection off of, the traffic is still able to be captured by your ISP. It would hide nothing from them whatsoever. Something like Tor, Freenet or some sort of VPN connection are the only ways I can think of to actually hide what you're doing.
[edit on 11-7-2010 by Melen]
Originally posted by Johnze
You should probably realise some tracking cookies especialy those employed by google last for up to 30 years.
search for Traffic Analysis and understand the internet.
No, it would be impossible to keep all the data.
If your realy paranoid start traveling through an anonyminity network, be fairly warned says i for there be dragons.
Originally posted by computerwiz32
reply to post by drkid
It's not ISPs that you want to be worried about. It's Google and facebook since they are a data mining type of website.