Internet privacy is now an oxymoron

There are several concerns beyond just the economical facet of the bill the Senate and House passed last week repealing a Federal Communications Commission privacy rule adopted in October requiring ISPs to get customers’ permission to use and share personal information about their web browsing history, children, health, finances, location and Social Security numbers.

One major concern revolves around a modern-day interpretation of the limits of the First Amendment.

Doesn’t this constitute unlawful search of any American citizen’s business? Hordes of information can be gleaned using data collected from one’s technological antics. And even though internet providers assure users they have no plans to take advantage of their data, that doesn’t necessarily mean they never will, nor does the ability to access your browsing history by ISPs go away.

Dangers in illegal usage of data abound with this new bill passed. Hackers now have easier access in dismantling virtually anybody’s privacy through this initiative, paving the way for more identity theft and fraud incidents.

We may see a new surge in internet users taking advantage of security measures like VPN tunnels to fortify themselves, as well as providers guaranteeing customers security through various forms. But the potential for harm still lurks, and only time will tell the ramifications of repealing FCC privacy rules.

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