ISPs are ISPreening at the New Internet Information Bill

For the past couple of years, net neutrality has been up in the air. Now, in an unexpected move cannonballing in from stage left, internet privacy laws are dashed to pieces.

Internet What?

Buy some envelopes and buckle up, sweethearts, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

Back on March 28th, your online privacy was executed, cut into pieces, and set ablaze. The White House passed a bill that said Internet Service Providers can sell your info to whoever they see fit.

Without telling you first.

That’s right. Anyone in the US can have their private, personal information sold to the highest bidder, and then every bidder below them. Anything from your browsing history, your precise location, and even your Social Security Number can be raffled off like a door prize.

The FCC stepped in last year to prevent this exact scenario from coming to pass, but their measures have been repealed.

What Can I Do?

VPN diagram

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Aside from sticking to regular mail, you can get a VPN.

A Virtual Private Network is exactly what it says on the tin. For a low monthly or yearly fee, you can route all of your internet traffic through a private network.

It kind of works like jumping between stones in a river. Your computer connects to a network in some far-off country, and that network routes you back to the US internet. This way, none of your information is collected.

As far as your ISP can see, you’re in Spain.

There are quite a few companies that offer VPN services, but there’s also a couple of places you have to watch out for.

Fourteen Eyes

The Fourteen Eyes is a coalition of countries that’ve agreed to share all the internet information they collect. As well, they’re also open to less virtuous practices; for instance, since it’s illegal for the US to spy on its citizens, they might ask the UK to do it for them.

And that’s completely legal.

So.

The Fourteen Eyes consist of the US, the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, France, Holland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, and Spain.