US passes privacy bill that allows ISPs to sell your browsing history

If you live in the United States, you should be deeply concerned that the government has just repealed the FCC's regulations that protected your right to online privacy. These changes provide Internet Service Providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, with the ability to record and sell your browsing data to third parties. Without your consent.

What does this mean for me, an average Internet user?

  • Your ISP can collect and sell your browsing history to any 3rd party. That could be a government agency, your insurance company, or advertisers.

  • A record of the websites you visit can now be collected, analyzed, and used to create marketing profiles about you. This includes sensitive information like health, financial, and demographic data that you probably don't want shared.

  • You'll start to notice ads that you can't block, due to your ISPs newfound ability to directly inject ads into your browsing.

What can I do to protect my online privacy?

  • Use a VPN on all of your devices. A VPN prevents your ISP from recording and selling your browsing habits - it does this by encrypting 100% of your connection activity as it leaves your device.

What can I do to help?

  • Donate to an organization that helps fight for your right to online privacy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a great place to start. They also have some great resources on steps you can take to protect your privacy.

  • If you have the option (and not everyone does), consider making the switch to a smaller ISP that cares about your privacy.

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