Security Pros Give Their Opinions on ISP Data Privacy Rollback

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Up to Us to Protect Our Own Privacy

"It's now up to all of us as consumers and businesses to protect our own privacy. Enterprises and SMBs should take steps to encrypt their websites with HTTPS. Doing so will hide any content transferred between the business' app or website and the end user's device. It will not hide the domain of the website visited, but everything else is secure. This is especially important on any web page that asks for user input. HTTPS certification is now cheaper and easier than ever thanks to certificate authorities like CertBot and LetsEncrypt."

Paul Bischoff, Privacy Advocate at Comparitech.com

Privacy rights took a hit when Congress and President Trump decided to roll back rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at the end of the Obama administration regarding online data collection. As Carl Weinschenk wrote:

Among other things, they mandate that consumers give their permission ("opt in") for their location, browsing history and perhaps other data to be shared …

IT staff, organization leaders, and the average citizen have all expressed levels of concern over this about-face in regard to ISP privacy. Now security professionals are chiming in with their opinions on how this decision will affect cybersecurity for consumers, for businesses, and for global relationships. Here’s what they had to say.

 
 
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