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The end of an era? ISPs get green light to sell users’ web history

The US Senate and Congress have both voted to eliminate broadband privacy rules that would have required ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to get consumers’ explicit consent before selling or sharing web browsing data and other personal data with advertisers as well as other companies.

 

ISP now stands for “invading subscriber privacy”

… in the words of senator Ed Markey, a Democrat.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted along party lines to repeal Internet privacy protections that were approved by the Federal Communications Commission just days before Donald Trump won the election.

The rules, which had not yet gone into effect, would have required Internet service providers to get the person’s permission before collecting and sharing personal data on everything from web browsing history to geo-location information.

Providers would also have been required to notify customers about the types of information collected and shared.

But on March 23rd all this turned into a mere dream. The Senate prevents all of these rules from taking effect, unless the House or President Trump decide otherwise. And we strongly doubt the latter would happen.

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Mobile Apps: About your privacy and security

Although the amount of malware when talking about mobile apps is not that big, Michael Sutton – VP of security research at Zscaler ThreatLabZ –  is concerned about the mobile apps “that are sharing information that people aren’t  aware of, or apps that have not been built securely” .

As an example he mentioned the apps that are requesting the passwords for Google Docs, and Dropbox, for the purpose to upload files and store backups.  The credentials stored in those apps are not securely stored, usually as plain text, which is a BIG security risk.

All this happen, because the businesses are desperate to offer  mobile apps for the masses and building them quickly usually leaves security holes. Just having an app downloaded from an official market doesn’t mean that those apps are securely built or that they have good systems that protect your privacy.

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Protect your online Privacy and Identity

Every month thousands of cybercrimes are reported so you should try to protect your identity as best as you can so here are a few steps that you should take:

  1. Don’t share your birth date with 3rd parties. It’s a good tool in a cybercriminal’s skilled hands.
  2. Secure your passwords. Weak passwords for an account or for the backup email for that account or for the backup of the backup email for an account are an open door. You should secure them using password managers like KeePass or PassPack.
  3. Geo-location Services should be used with caution.
  4. Use private browsing if you are accessing information in a cybercafé
  5. Mobile apps should be installed only from the official app store or market. Hacked versions of paid apps are a backdoor for other…activities.
  6. Sensitive information should be sent only over https.
  7. Social network privacy settings: you should have more control on who sees what about you.

Top Online Privacy Predictions for 2012

Truste made public some predictions for 2012 and I mention:

  1. FTC goes after websites for privacy violations related to third-party tracking – this is something good for the users. The Companies will start to be held accountable for tracking conducted by third parties on their sites.
  2. Ad privacy notice and choice goes mobile –  The Companies will have to implement a mobile privacy solution now and offer customers a policy optimized for display on mobile devices.
  3. Privacy becomes a hot job skill – This is self explanatory
  4. Location-based technology breaks national news
  5. Europe says ‘When in Rome, follow our privacy rules’ – US companies that will do business in Europe will have to follow EU countries’ individual privacy standards
  6. Congress will NOT pass a privacy bill – I think this is a sure prediction in my opinion

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