Protecting our internet privacy
In this age of divisiveness , I think almost everyone can agree on the fact that they want their private information to remain, well, private.
Your privacy is important. This lesson I learned from my parents, and it has been cemented with every credit card and database breach that has my medical, bank, personal and financial information in it, including Target, Home Depot, Yahoo, and debit card and medical insurance processing centers.
However, President Trump signed a bill, passed by the senate and the house, repealing internet privacy rules passed last year by the Federal Communications Commission, that would have given internet users greater control over what service providers can do with their data. Now, internet service providers can gather and sell the words you type in the search box, the sites you visit, your medical and financial information gleaned from this, who you are and where you live, to whomever they want, without your permission.
Will this lead to more pesky advertisements? Yes. But it goes much further than that. Visit lots of religious, political or politically leaning news sites? Maybe the hiring manager of the new job you want purchases information about you and is of a different religion or political view. There goes that job.
Maybe your prospective employer or insurance company would be very interested in the fact that you have looked up information about cancer, and feels then that you might be too expensive to hire or insure. What if the data is misinterpreted? What if the ISP’s data base is breached and the information stolen? This is not only creepy, it’s absolutely wrong.
Our federal and state senators and representatives should be working to further protect our privacy, not shatter it. In the interim, consider using a VPN or proxy to protect your privacy.
Terry L. Pruett-Fisher
South Middleton Township