Protect Yourself From Internet Service Provider Spies

The “Six Strikes” anti-piracy scheme also known as a “Copyright Alert System,” launched last week, making it apparent that our ISPs are spying on us.  Although the ISP might not be sitting back and watching in real time everything we do online, what they do is too close for comfort.

An Internet service provider can read anything sent over the Internet that isn’t encrypted (by a VPN) and tracks all IP addresses contacted, meaning they know all of the websites everyone visits.

Staff Technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Dan Auerbach told PC World that your ISP is tracking “who you’re sending email to but not the content.” What ISP’s collect mostly is metadata (IP addresses and port numbers) and that information tells who you’re communicating with.

So they might not be tracking the content but it’s available to them. ISPs can see what pages on a website you’ve visited and what you wrote in an email if they want to.  There is a legal limit, for example in the United States, ISPs are only allowed to share content with the government.  However they can share your metadata with whomever they please.

Auerbach says there’s “a lot of opacity surrounding what they actually do. It’s difficult to know what a given ISP is doing with the data.”  If you’ve ever tried to read a privacy policy (which very few people do) they are rarely clear and easy to understand.  When you stop to think about the amount of time you spend online in a given day or week – that is a lot of information your ISP is collecting and retaining for about six months to two years.

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