Well it looks like those nice internet service providers in the USA are going to have the chance to sell your data, now I am not going to get all smug as I am at this side of the pond as our own Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill is hardly anything to be happy about. To be honest it is no real surprise that this has happened as I always thought of Republicans as the friend of the big corporation rather than the normal day to day person.
I do find it extremely worrying the way things are going with the way that or data is handled. Now form what I understand is that this has been done to level the playing field between Internet Service Providers and web based companies like Facebook and Google. Due to the fact that the ISP’s had much more stringent regulations they had a adhere to. Now of course this could have been a perfect opportunity to move things the other way by putting more regulation into the internet companies and give Facebook and Google the rights to distribute our web histories to the highest bidder.
Now as I am writing this, President Trump has still a chance to veto this and after all he does claim to be a president of the people rather than big corporation. So is he going to do the right thing and get rid of this. Of course, I am sure he would not do that as it would put him on a complete collision course with the Republican party, but I guess one can hope.
Now let us look at the Internet Service Providers role in this, it has already been announced that Verizon will be adding software to phones that will harvest telemetry data and send it back home. So, will this cost Verizon a lot of customers, will they see this as not really a problem or is it going to be a big issue. Is this a chance for another provider to say, we are not going to sell your data because privacy is a big thing for us.
What will the next step be for consumers, well some could just lice with it if they do not see It as a big deal, after all this is already being done by the internet companies. It is probably going to be a pretty big boost to the VPN providers, as I am sure people that are worried about privacy will take this option.
From a personal point of view, I feel the same about this as I do about the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill here in the UK. It is extremely poor for the consumer and all it is doing is to line the pockets of big corporations.