After Trump has signed the broadband privacy bill, the internet users in US have been in a state of restlessness. Why? Because initially the big ISPs in the US weren’t allowed to collect any user’s’ data without their explicit content, but now, after the internet privacy repeal have been signed by the President, ISPs have full authority to sell your personal data to third-party advertising companies and other data mining companies.
Shocking? Well, it’s just the beginning of the mayhem that’s about to happen. Your ISPs are not legally bound to tell you what they’re going to do with your data, hence, it’s just like you are sitting naked in a glass house on Time Square. Feeling embarrassed already? Well, it’s literally the situation right now.
Auction Of Personal Data & Rise In Identity Theft Cases
The year 2016 set a new catastrophic benchmark in US when the Identity theft cases touched a new high when around 15.4 million consumers were hit by the menace of identity theft. Majority of these identity theft were done by stealing the victim’s personal information regarding credit card information, online financial records and criminals keeping tabs on its victims’ digital footprints. Does it ring a bell? Your ISPs are doing the exact same thing with your data, if not in the similar fashion but still breaching your personal data, which is half the part of the equation.
But, is there a escape?
While there were big protests done both on ground and online to fight against this menace, but everything seems to go in vain as nothing beneficial was observed in the case. A lot of the analysts also connected it with the net neutrality issue that is yet another hanging sword on the head of the internet users, but the severity of the problem is undeniably a big one.
So, how to protect your personal data when everything seems to go south? Well, as soon as the news regarding internet privacy repeal surfaced, almost every online security analyst started recommending VPN services for US citizens so that they can safeguard the most precious thing they all have; their personal data. There is a reason that it’s called “Personal” data, but the new law simply diminishes the line between personal and commercial.
Would encryption services suffice?
Internet was designed in a way that if one door closes, you can access another door using different mediums. Well, internet has seen some significant disruption in the past few years and have been made more accessible and useful. Internet users of today doesn’t know any rules or boundaries and want their connection with the world untethered. Now, when talking about encryption, millions of internet users all over the world use encryption services to erase their digital footprints online for personal and security reasons. With a VPN, every data packet that is being sent and received from your device is encrypted and no intrusion can take place in that secure tunnel.
Many US internet users who got disappointed from the system have opted for services like Tor, online privacy tools, and external services to secure their data. With the devilish law that has made the personal data of US citizens up for grabs by ISPs, privacy and consumers advocate fear the worst. So, while everyone is complaining about what has been done, it’s time to become vigilant of what we as netizens can do to make everything less detrimental.