I'm not a fan of social media. I regret having used my real name online eversince the World Wide Web began. Someone who works with high end internet security on a daily basis once pointed out to me none are more relaxed and flippant with their private details online than Australians. But it's too late. Let's move onto phase two:
Here in Australia we are already being spied on by a government that does not have a clue what "metadata" is. And things are about to get a lot worse (my view); the USA Congress just removed most Internet privacy rules and voted to allow Internet Service Providers to spy on you and sell your sensitive information to advertisers without your consent. - expect the decision to flow on to benefit an ISP near you. In fact, local ISPs are probably already doing that, so maybe what follows is irrelevant.
The House of Representatives voted on the bill today, and it was already passed by the Senate last week. President Trump has already said that he’ll sign it.
On a party-line vote, the Senate on Thursday voted to strike down online privacy protections the Federal Communications Commission established last year. The rules, which were largely set to take effect later this year, would require broadband providers like Comcast and AT&T to seek customer approval before collecting certain data on their online activities and would require them to take “reasonable” measures to protect the data they collect.
Without those protections, broadband providers could collect just about any data they want on their customers’ online activities without having to inform the customers, much less seek their permission before they did so.
The most disturbing part? The members of Congress who pushed for this attack on our privacy have been taking money hand over fist from the very same Big Cable companies that stand to profit from selling the intimate details of our lives.
If you do care about these matters, read this.