5 ways to protect your internet privacy now that the GOP made your information for sale

  • On Tuesday, in a narrow vote, Congress voted to officially eliminate online privacy rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission during President Obama’s administration. 
  • The FCC’s 2016 guidelines prevented internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, Charter and Verizon from gathering private customer data and selling it to third parties.This verdict is a win for telecommunications companies and a loss for privacy rights advocates — and for you. 

  • But if you’re interested in preserving your online privacy, there are a handful of steps you can take to protect yourself. Read more. (3/29/2017 1:20 PM)

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As Congress Repeals Internet Privacy Rules, Putting Your Options In Perspective
President Trump is expected to sign a bill to overturn new privacy rules for Internet service providers. An expert says there are steps you can take, though they won't deliver absolute privacy.

President Trump is expected to sign into law a decision by Congress to overturn new privacy rules for Internet service providers.

Passed by the Federal Communications Commission in October, the rules never went into effect. If they had, it would have given consumers more control over how ISPs use the data they collect.

Trump’s FCC pick Ajit Pai  doesn’t seem to care about your privacy

  • It’s unclear if Donald Trump’s appointment to Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai is serving the people or telecomms.
  • In his short time in power, he has taken subsidized internet away from low-income families, worked toward ending net neutrality and now wants to make it really easy for your data to be sold without your consent.
  • Pai just blocked rules set out in October that aim to make it more difficult for internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T to give your data to advertisers — the rules require that customers have to opt-in in order for the ISPs to access their data and personal information. Read more (3/7/17 2:31 PM)

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Congress just gutted your privacy protections

Congress just gutted your privacy protections. And if the Trump team has its way Net Neutrality will be next.

Hours ago, House Republicans voted to throw out the broadband-privacy rules the FCC passed last year. These important protections were designed to prevent your internet service provider from selling your personal data (such as your web-browsing history) to advertisers and other companies without your consent.

This matters for two reasons:

1. The people who voted for this dangerous resolution care more about pleasing companies like Comcast than they do about serving you.

2. These rules were built off the landmark Net Neutrality rules we won at the FCC in 2015 — and now those protections are in danger.

The broadband-privacy fight is this administration’s first attack on the open internet. And now that they have a win on their hands, they’ll be pushing for another.

But protest works. Pushback works. In the last few weeks people like you have flooded congressional offices with thousands of calls. And those calls are scaring elected officials. The broadband-privacy votes in both chambers were close and we’ve seen the effect that calls, petitions and protests are having on other issues like health care.

It took 4 million of us speaking out about Net Neutrality to win last time around. It will take even more to save it now.

It won’t be easy, but if we build enough power we can win again. #NetNeutrality #Congress #InternetPrivacy

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The Senate and Congress have voted to repeal our internet privacy, allowing cable companies to sell off your sensitive information to whoever wants to buy them. Before, they would ask for your permission to do so, now, with this repeal, these companies WILL sell:

• Your name
• Your address
• Your IP address
• Your current subscription level 
• Geographic location
• Children’s information
• Health information
• Financial information
• Social Security numbers
• Web browsing history
• App usage history
• The content of communications 

Now it’s in Trumps hands to sign that bill into law (which we know he will do). Funny how these politicians, who were easily brought, forget that they’re not immune to their own laws…

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also re: teens sitting around with their tablets and smartphones

like, if a kid can access the internet (with some privacy still) while also sitting in the same room as their parents, honestly that’s better and more social than what I did as a teenager, which was hole up in my room at my desktop computer that I couldn’t move anywhere else in the house

mostly what I see from the teens in my family is they will sit and scroll through their phone, but if something interesting starts happening, or a new person enters the room, or they see something cool they want to share, they look up and interact again, because they’re sitting right there with everyone else.

that is waaaay more social than 2002 me, hunched over my desktop for hours and only seeing my mom in passing when I went to microwave a burrito at 1am. way, way more social.