US President Donald Trump has approved legislation which revokes Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules meant to prevent internet service providers (ISPs) selling consumers’ web browsing data to advertisers.
The rules, which were established under the Obama Administration, were scheduled to take effect by the end of this year. They would have forced broadband ISPs, such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T, to get a consumer’s consent before selling their data to advertisers and others.
What does this mean for me?
Without these broadband protection rules, ISPs are allowed to track your browsing behavior and sell that data to advertisers without your consent. ISPs can find out where you bank, your political views and other sensitive information based on the websites you visit, so when this information is sold to advertisers, you could be served up some scarily relevant ads. All encrypted sites – so those marked with https at the beginning of the URL – cannot be tracked down to the exact page you have visited, but ISPs can still see you have visited the site.
So what can I do to protect my privacy?
To stop ISPs getting hold of your data, you need to mask all of your browsing behaviour by either using a VPN service such as VyprVPN, or virtual tunnel provider Tor. To stop advertisers following you around with ads, you need to clean your cookies every time you have finished browsing, which CCleaner Professional does automatically. You can get CCleaner Professional for PC, Mac or Android. As well as your cookies, it will also clean your browsing data and other files and settings which will also help protect your privacy and speed up your PC.
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