FCC Chairman Goes After His Predecessor's Internet Privacy Rules

Submitted by: kalron27 4 months ago in News & Politics Tech


In my original post a month ago concerning Ajit Paim I indicated how he would make our lives on the internet miserable.

However, his first move is more worrying than I imagined. Paim froze the roll out of rules set to take effect the first week of March that would increase our personal data protection that is collected by ISPs.

Basically at this point, the company is favored over the individual.  Any data that an ISP collects on you (and it is a LOT more than any website does including sensitive personal data) is no longer required to be protected by the ISP.  This means that if they are hacked and your Social Security # is lost due to the breach, it is not their problem or their responsibility to even notify you.  In addition, you cannot opt out of this data collection, which by the way the ISP makes money off of by creating specific advertisements based on that data to sell and push directly to you.  

So now we have a company/service, that is already gouging the US population with over pricing, that collects sensitive data from you without your permissions, now has protection from fault if they lose your personal data in an attack.

Cooperation ≠ People...
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Male 451
I'm sure we are all aware the government is tapping every phone and computer without warrants. Supreme court says it's illegal, government doesn't care.No one does anything. And they wonder why kids lie,cheat and steal.
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Male 192
Ugh... yet another reason to be depressed.  Not sure how much of this I can take.  I'm starting to feel jealous of the lucky folks like Prince, David Bowie, Mary Tyler Moore, and Bill Paxton.
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Male 451
More proof Trump is Hitler.
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Male 5,270
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU. I have already shown that this sight is being monitored by the government. And they have been monitoring E mails since 1992. This is nothing new. Big Brother has been watching for years but now with more biased scrutiny and paranoid fascist ziel. Welcome to BRAZIL people. It is going to get worse over the next four years
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Male 451
thezigrat 1936 Germany.

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Male 5,270
zeegrr Ever see the movie Brazil? its a dark comedy version of 1984 and it is excellent
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Male 451
thezigrat Terry from Monty Python. Brilliant director.

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Male 2,265
fancylad , bliznik and monkwarrior have great buffers for protection, however in a sense you are correct...unless you are Elliot level hacker there is no way to, on a daily basis, protect yourself.  You would need to be constantly be spoofing your IP and hacking others networks.

That is why I gave up long ago trying to protect myself on that level. I guess I live on the internet like I do with life...can't hid from the dangers or else you end up a shut-in.
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Male 5,270
kalron27 Here is something else to be paranoid about. Every time you go out in like to a store or say walk along a city side walk or drive a car, your picture is being taken at least a half a dozen times on a computerized network. IE the government can and at times has track individuals through these cameras located at many street lights, all atms and many stores
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Male 2,040
kalron27 yeah there gets to be a point where some people get to a point where everything is a goddamn conspiracy, and thats a horrible way to life live. i get yeah sheeple etc etc. but jesus theres a point where its like fuck being serious all the goddamn time.  but at the same time i believe in protest and activism. but sometimes that can consume you and turn you into a feral cat hissing and spitting at everything
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Male 284
These people would privatize the very air we breathe if they knew they could get away with it...
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Male 97
mrsnowmeiser That's the big business direction.  The more you privatize, the more money to be made.  Internet, schools, government cabinet seats...  Seems to be a running theme lately.
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Male 2,040
kuman like putting the "foxes in charge of the henhouse" billionare coal guys in charge of environmental protection. kinda like catholic priests in charge of womens reproductive rights
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Male 5,270
rumham the priests are coming next
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Male 2,040
thezigrat the priests are coming next. not a sentence people love hearing... booyah
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Male 5,270
rumham Priests coming is how alter boys are made
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Male 284
kuman Capital accumulation is what I believe it's known as. Question is, where does this lead us?  
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Male 97
mrsnowmeiser Answer: privatized air...  When people who have been making billions off of whatever (oil, for example) begin to feel like their business might go the way of the dinosaur (pun intended), they will try anything to continue to make money.  Desperation and the path of least resistance lead to poor/lazy decisions and then things just compound from there.  As an example, when i was a child, there was NO WAY i or anyone i knew would pay a buck for a bottle of water.  Now, most people don't even blink at it.  Someone pushed the boundaries in a poor way and someone ate it with a spoon and then they told  two friends who told two friends and now bottled water is a buck.  Since its virtually impossible to put ten people in a room and get them to agree on something, its a much slipperier slope than could have been expected and digging our way out of the situation seems a bit insurmountable.
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Male 5,270
kuman First Big companies gain control of the government then The Trump becomes major stock holder in all of them and takes economic control of the country permanently. Heil Trump
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Male 97
thezigrat If i'm going to end up in an internment camp anyway, may as well fuel the fire.
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Male 284
kuman I partially disagree with you in regards to the future direction of this trend. If the New Deal is to be considered a natural response to the phenomenon of the greater masses being increasingly exploited by the economic elites, then it stands to reason the same is likely to happen in the future, if this capital accumulation continues to worsen for us commoners. I like to think of the New Deal as the safety relief valve which not only greatly aided the working class but also kept our modified system of capitalism in tact for the elites who 'own' it. Fast forward to today and we see a similar resurgence of reactionary ideology in the form of Sander's New Deal policies. Would Sanders have garnered such support 8 or even 4 years ago? I don't believe so, mostly due to the safety valve idea; political pressure wasn't as high as it is today. 
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Male 20,305
Honest question to the tech-savvy out there -- how to normal people avoid the multitude of potential pitfalls this news presents? It seems like unless you're Elliot from "Mr. Robot," we're all sitting ducks until the bottom falls out. I have Verizon FIOS and I have zero confidence in them already.
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Male 5,270
fancylad I unfortunately have AOL and they have been known to screen all E-mails and IMs for the government since 1990
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Male 1,527
fancylad Learn how to use TOR. It's not foolproof, but it's a fantastic free tool. Also, be wary of any websites that don't use https://. Use silly passwords for those websites, and your serious passwords for the https:// sites
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Male 5,270
bliznik Tor Johnson? He's dead though
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Male 7,052
bliznik You should buy a SSL cert for this site.
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Male 448
bliznik I-A-B doesn't use https . . .
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Male 1,527
punko Yup, so the things I post on sites like this and others I don't enter sensitive information into that I wouldn't mind throwing away or changing at a moment's notice in case that information gets compromised.
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Female 172
bliznik Yep.  Def suggest learning how to use the onion.
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Male 2,614
fancylad encrypt your data by using a vpn.  In essence you are using the ISP to connect to a VPN, and then the VPN to connect to the internet.  Basically you are hopscotching the ISP's ability to collect data, but either the VPN or its ISP could still collect data on you, so you would likely need to pick an out of country VPN.
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