Is it time to fret now? Before you do, consider these important facts:
This Internet policy to protect consumer privacy underwent several objections and challenges. In the end, these ISPs fell under common carriers and placed them on the same side as telephone networks. The regulation asked ISPs to let customers opt in or grant consent before they could share information, such as web history, app usage, and modes of communication. But there’s no restriction about e-mail addresses unless the customer decides to opt out.
The Critics are Firing Back
While the purpose of the regulation is noble, critics are still firing back over its supposed unfairness. They believe the policy favors Internet web services, such as Facebook and Google since customers often don’t opt out, and therefore, they have a more flexible option on what to do with customer data.
What ISPs are Saying
But What If?
While these ISPs pledge to protect users’ privacy, the repeal may mean they can do whatever they want with the data. You may notice more targeted ads appearing while browsing. Moreover, these ISPs can sell your data to sellers with malicious intentions, such as monitoring your communication.
On a good note, Private Tunnel explains that if you want to feel safer when browsing, you may use an Internet tunnel service that can encrypt data as it travels across the Web. The service also hides your exact location, among others.