On March 23rd, the Senate voted to eliminate privacy rules that would have required your consent before internet providers sold your internet browsing history to advertisers. ISP's made the argument that companies like Facebook and Google can do it, so why shouldn't they be able to?
Advertisers will pay internet providers a premium for the data they can gather from your browsing habits. From that they can figure out very specific and intimate information such as your location, gender, marital status, occupation, hobbies, if you're moving, if you're expecting a baby, etc. And then do very targeted ad compaigns geared specifically to you.
What Can You Do About It?
ISP's can't track your internet browsing if your internet traffic is encrypted. VPN products such as Nord and PIA are cheap and simple to setup and will keep your internet activity private wherever you are.
You should also write your representative. The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on this. But it's not too late to reach out.
Demanding internet privacy doesn't mean you're doing something illegal or sketchy. Privacy is your right and you don't want the intimate details of your life left to the discretion of ISP's and ad companies.
Everyone agrees that security for your network and PC's is a great idea. Afterall, whether your data is stored at your office or in the cloud, any place it is accessed from could be exploited. So, we manage those PC's closely to protect your data.
But what we tend to forget about are our phones and tablets. We live in a world where we gauge the convenience of a service on if they've developed an app for your phone so you don't have to log in with your computer.
If your phone fell into the wrong hands, they'd probably have access to all your emails and text messages. If you use OneDrive or Dropbox to manage your files, they'd have access to all of those as well.
We can't afford to think of our mobile devices as "lesser technology" anymore. If you're just responsible for yourself or a small team, it may be easy to enforce security measures such as lockscreen passwords. But it's easy for details to slip through the cracks. Especially in large teams.
That's why Office 365 and G Suite have mobile device security policies. These allow you to enforce policies on any mobile device that has email on it such as a mandatory passcode, screen timeouts and even remotely wiping phones that are lost or stolen.
If your email currently is not hosted on Office 365 or G Suite there are other solutions that can allow you to manage the mobile devices in your organization. Either way, at least you can sleep well at night knowing all your bases are covered!