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In the US, your ISP can sell your browser history

 
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Apparently in the US the Senate voted for a law that will allow Internet service providers to sell your browser history: Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers

So you'd better watch out what you do online......    

In this Dutch article it says they are even allowed to sell information about the location of users and content of e-mail.

Say goodbye to your privacy!  
 
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Good grief! I really don't know what to say. When I start getting popups with condom adverts on, it means they have found out about my girlfriend? Thank goodness we have data protection legislation in Europe, even though the Government seem to think they can allow the Police to inspect email records.
Is there anything in the constitution about that?
 
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A a bit of background, this was legal for a long time (since the beginning of people going online as I recall.) Obama passed a bill to ban it but it didn't take effect yet. So we never quite got to it being illegal.

I wish the law had stayed on the books. The erosion of our privacy disappoints me.
 
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When I go the the websites for the Malaysian newspaper The Star or to the Times of India and see ads for local auto dealers, I know some things are being shared a little too freely already.

And then there's the little inserts for stuff I've looked at on Amazon or eBay that show up everywhere..

This is just a matter of cranking the gates open even wider.

On a somewhat related not, the State of Florida briefly allowed such shenanigans to be done with their driver registration database. It was not well-received.
 
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Tim Holloway wrote:
And then there's the little inserts for stuff I've looked at on Amazon or eBay that show up everywhere..



But that information isn't actually being shared, right?   They're being served up from Amazon, eBay or Google's ad servers.  I wonder if that information trickles back to the original site...

On another note, I had a similar idea to this one as a way to mess with surveillance:
https://www.wired.com/2017/03/wanna-protect-online-privacy-open-tab-make-noise/
In that article, it details that it is hard to mimic human behavior.  My idea was that you would join a "network" that would take your requests (and the behavior associated with it, like visit time and clicks from that page) and randomly bounce them around to other people's connections, so it would be a little more "human" than the random "Internet Noise" app in the article.  I foresee some issues, like people on metered connections, and the occasional looney who is looking up inappropriate stuff which then the whole network looks up and the next thing you know your google autocomplete is showing really weird results...
 
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As a gut estimate, I'd say that embedded ads aren't directly knowable by content providers, since the links would be resolved on the client side.

On the other hand, I've a nasty suspicion that a little well-crafted JavaScript could scan the DOM and get those links and possibly exploit them.
 
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http://www.infoworld.com/article/3186633/privacy/want-privacy-congress-says-youll-have-to-pay-for-it.html


Political activist Adam McElhaney set a $10,000 goal on his GoFundMe page, and as of Friday morning had raised more than $186,700 (emphasis mine) from nearly 12,000 donors.



That's enough money to buy Congressman Roy Blunt!
 
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