So-called President Trump continues to play the role of Big Brother allowing big business interests to have their way in finding out more about the lives of everyday Americans. As reported in the New York Times (NOT fake news or alternative facts) recent changes in rulings by the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) will now allow broadband internet service providers, such as cable and telecommunications companies, to track and sell a customer’s online information with greater ease. I think the operative word here is “sell.” What a deal for our internet service providers. You pay them for a service and they, in turn, can sell your personal data to whomever they want. So this is what “Making America Great Again” is all about? Sounds a little more like how they might do it, say, in Russia!
“Some technology policy experts said that jettisoning the rules would allow broadband providers to collect customers’ internet browsing histories and other personal data and sell them to advertisers with little government oversight or fear of enforcement. Self-regulation and market competition, they said, may not sufficiently protect consumers.” So as Joe Biden might say, this is a “big f#*%+^~ deal.” It’ pretty difficult today to walk away, or live without, Internet service altogether.
But why should I worry? I am really not online that much of the time, but I still have this suspicious feeling that somebody just wants to know more about my online life so they can sell me something? And I hope that’s all it is.