Saturday, April 05, 2008

Internet Service Providers Spying on Users

The New York Times has an editorial piece today on ISP tracking of users and selling that information for behavioral targeting. Doesn't mention that the information is already sold to net tracking firms (yes in anonymized aggragate form supposedly) but it is becoming pervasive and nobody seems to care enough to attempt to stop it. The NY Times editorial, by Adam Cohen titled The Already Big Thing on the Internet: Spying on Users quotes the famous New Yorker cartoon
One dog, sitting at a computer, tells another: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” Fifteen years later, that anonymity is gone.

Then says ominously, "It’s not paranoia: they really are spying on you."

Yes, many of us know that and have been complaining about it for years now. The question becomes... What can be done to stop it? The question before that is ... How do you get the public to care?

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Blogger N.R.S. said...

I was researching to see what type of things I should be doing to protect myself better and found site after site about internet privacy concerns, like my ISP tracking and spying on me. I came across your blog, and saw this post and felt I needed to thanks! I definitely didn’t, and still don’t like the sound of that. Privacy concerns stem from anywhere possible; as long as you type something you are putting yourself at risk. I know I don’t do anything illegal, so I don’t need my keystrokes monitored or my isp knowing what sites I am visiting. It is almost like Big Brother is coming with the way everything is being monitored. I don't need anyone watching...and I especially do not need my ISP spamming me with "better" advertisements.

I started using a proxy server and found that it is a great way to avoid a lot of this b.s. I found that not only do I need to hide my IP but also my domain and origin sites so that my snooping ISP gets even less information. The company recently put out a
press release
, which is pretty relevant to this blog post.

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