Friday, March 31, 2017
Your Internet Privacy is Over
Trump’s first 70 days in office feel more like 70 years. He’s hell bent on rolling back all of President Obama’s achievements for this country not because he has some deep conservative beliefs but his desire to loosen regulations so the rich can make more money. It’s always about the money, in my belief, and his deep hatred for President Obama.
Earlier this week, Congress passed a bill to repeal the FCC privacy rules set by the Obama administration, giving internet service providers (ISP) the power of collecting and selling all your internet history and other personal data.
If anyone hoped that President Donald Trump might come to his senses and decide against signing the bill, you should know that won’t happen. The White House confirmed that Trump will sign the bill that will give ISPs more freedom to commercialize your personal data.
That means that your private data such as: websites you’re visiting, what kinds of video’s you’re watching, what kind of weird underwear you like to buy, what your passwords are, the things you Google, financial information, your emails, social security numbers are now up for sale by ISP’s without your opt-in consent.
The worry isn’t just that companies like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and others will start selling your browsing habits. The more data these companies hoard about users, the more dangerous it can be for a user’s safety in a case of a data breach. Hackers proved time and again that they’re able to penetrate even systems believed to be very secure, and ISPs user databases might become appealing targets. And let’s not forget that spy agencies may want to tap into that kind of data too.
After effectively killing internet privacy, Trump’s administration may further harm internet users in the near future. The FCC’s new chairman Ajit Pai is a strong opponent of net neutrality – thereby allowing Internet providers to block content they don’t like or charge websites a fee to reach consumers over faster internet speeds.
Elections have consequences and we’re living in this nightmare of the Trump presidency. So those of you who voted for Trump, did you expect your privacy rights being taken away all for the sake of making a buck? Well you wanted a “so called” business man in the White House. Now we all have to live with the consequences.