Is my internet browsing history being tracked?

Congress Puts Your Porn Browsing History Up For Sale

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That’s right. Congress passed legislation – which will almost certainly be signed into law by Trump – that permits internet service providers to sell your private browsing history.

There are many implications for this misguided, anti-privacy rule change. Everything from your political interests to your medical history (and, yes, even your sexual orientation and preferences as indicated by your porn browsing) now constitute non-sensitive information that companies such as Comcast and Verizon can sell to advertisers.

Businesses claim that this is only to provide better targeted advertising to the consumer (which, rest assured, none of us cared about). Privacy advocates fear that this could compromise highly personal information – including passwords, social security numbers, and credit card details – that could imperil many social and financial facets of any given person’s life.

There are some ways around this new dystopic reality. Internet users can set up a virtual private network (VPN) which encrypts browsing information. This, however, costs, and it also complicates simple internet browsing.

Republicans (including the embattled Trump) have given themselves away. Dressing up in the clothes of populist servants to the average citizen, they are – in reality – willing to monetize your most private information on behalf of corporate political funders.

If you don’t want your kinkiest searches passing hands and potential falling through security gaps, consider setting up a VPN soon before the change actualizes.

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