All-Seeing EyeAlso on the show: Your internet might never explode like a poorly wired toaster, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t benefit from consumer-driven regulation. If you didn’t see it that way already, it became very clear this week, as the Senate and then the House voted to allow service providers like AT&T to collect your personal information—medical records, browsing history—and sell it to the highest bidder. How did this happen, and what can we do about it? We’ll talk about online privacy with Evan Greer, campaign director at
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Digital rights group Fight for the Future has launched a new online resource called #GetSafe, a simple guide that helps average Internet users take the most important steps toward protecting the personal information stored on their phones, tablets, and computers.
The release of the new tool comes on the heels of Congress voting to slash Internet privacy rules and allow Internet Service Providers to collect and sell their customer’s information.
“This vote in Congress is just the latest attack on our basic right to privacy and our ability to use the Internet safely,” said Laila Abdelaziz, a campaigner at Fight for the Future, “many of us are already extremely vulnerable to corporate and government spying, hackers and identity thieves.”
Fortunately, there are simple things that everyone can and should be doing to protect themselves and their loved ones,” she continued, “we launched #GetSafe to make these practices easy and accessible to everyone, regardless of how technologically savvy they are.”
See the #GetSafe resource here: https://www.letsgetsafe.org
The tool functions like an online quiz, asking the user a series of simple questions about their digital security habits, and making basic recommendations about how to set a strong password for your phone and computer, how to switch to free encrypted text messaging services, and how to run a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to make it much harder for your Internet service provider to spy on your web browsing activity.
The launch of the #GetSafe tool comes as Fight for the Future is already making headlines about plans to unleash billboards listing the names of lawmakers who voted to strike down the FCC’s Internet privacy rules.
The group has also launched an online petition calling for President Trump to veto the measure.
Congress just voted to repeal Internet privacy rules, allowing Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to monitor, track, and sell your personal data without your permission. It was a really close vote in the House and Senate, thanks to all the public backlash, but now this bill goes to the President’s desk where he is expected to sign the bill into law. We still have one last chance to stop this.