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What the New Internet Privacy Bill Would Do to You

Declan Rous, Editor

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Internet privacy laws have significantly changed since the passing of Donald Trump’s resolution to undo internet privacy laws. This allows big companies like AT&T and Comcast to sell internet users data and history to advertising companies. With this new opportunity for big businesses many internet users are afraid of their privacy being invaded.

It is important to know that these new laws do not have much of an impact. The main idea is that advertisers could use your internet history to provide more accurate advertisements based on your interests. This is not a new method as websites like Facebook and Google do the same thing, although users did agree to it in the terms and agreement. This still has been a controversial subject, since many find it an invasion of their normal rights.

There are ways to prevent big brother from looking into your history if you are adamant about it. Most websites that use an https at the beginning of the address already encrypt your data. This means no information shared on this site can be collected although they still know you have visited the site. The best way to prevent this is to purchase a VPN, (Virtual Private Network). Using a VPN is your best bet against hackers and keeps your information from the internet providers.

The last thing to be careful of is how hackers may be able to benefit from this bill. It is best to use trusted Wifi spots at your house and others that you know you can trust. You want to be wary around free online hotspots and take the time to make sure you are using a connection you can trust. If you have any doubts, it is best to use your data or take a break from the internet for a while.

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