Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Your Personal Info Was Always For Sale

Recently, Donald Trump signed a Congress-approved bill that would allow internet service providers (ISPs) to sell your personal data such as your web browsing history.

Previously, ISPs at least had to extend the common courtesy of obtaining your permission before sharing such data; but now they’ve been granted free reign to sell your data to the highest bidder without even your knowledge.

The scariest thing about all this? Your personal internet data has always been for sale!

Let’s not pretend otherwise. Your “personal” information on the internet has never really been “safe” or “private.” Every query you search for on Google, every post you make on Facebook, every video you like on YouTube—every breath you take, every move you make, every bond you break, every step you take—those companies have been watching you, collecting your data, and selling it to advertisers.

The only difference this bill makes as far as your personal information goes is allowing your ISP a similar privilege of selling it without your consent, permission, or even knowledge.

Adam Ruins Everything previously made an excellent video on this subject, highlighting how Google and Facebook have been collecting and selling your private data to advertisers. Because when it comes to these "free" websites, you’re not the customer: you’re the product!