Internet Privacy – When has it gone too far?
Internet privacy is once again in the news. Today in the news, which I found at online newspaper, The Hill, was an article about internet privacy. “The Republican push to eliminate Obama-era consumer data protections is sparking a new national debate over online privacy, and putting internet companies on the defensive.
The measure blocking the online privacy rules is on the desk of President Trump, who is expected to sign it.”
With the eruption of Russian hacking attacks and attempts to weaponize the information collected during these attacks, we question the wisdom behind the president’s obsession to repeal these particular protections.
President Obama’s 2012 comprehensive blueprint for consumer privacy included a BuySecure initiative to safeguard Americans’ financial security and steps to address issues related to big data and privacy in public services and the commercial sector. FACT SHEET: Safeguarding American Consumers & Families
Here are the federal acts we think are currently in danger of repeal, born in 2012 they were not completed until 2015 or later:
- The Personal Data Notification & Protection Act
- The Student Digital Privacy Act
- Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Legislation
The acts are very quick reads; as you can see they are critical to our consumer protections. Repealing these acts would likely contribute to Russian hackers ability to remain incognito for extended periods of time. Removing the requirements of ISP or web business notifications to Department of Homeland Security and the FBI when larger attacks occur, may result in a hacker haven free from retribution.
The rules passed in 2015 and later, also resulted in FCC’s net neutrality rules. The Senate voted to repeal the rules under the Congressional Review Act, with the House following suit. The White House said Trump would sign the measure.
Net neutrality is the idea that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally. According to the CNET.com article 13 things you need to know about the FCCs Net Neutrality Regulation, Net Neutrality is important to us as consumers for numerous reasons. We quoted only the first thing, as it explains the FCC’s Net neutrality order in three key rules:
- No Blocking. Simply put: A broadband provider can’t block lawful content, applications, services or nonharmful devices.
- No Throttling. The FCC created a separate rule that prohibits broadband providers from slowing down specific applications or services, a practice known as throttling. More to the point, the FCC said providers can’t single out Internet traffic based on who sends it, where it’s going, what the content happens to be or whether that content competes with the provider’s business.
- No Paid Prioritization. A broadband provider cannot accept fees for favored treatment. In short, the rules prohibit Internet fast lanes.
Internet privacy has greatly evolved since Cruise Bruise was added to our business network in late 2005. The cruise industry websites made massive expansions to our original network of websites launched in 1999. We grew with the internet that ‘had’ evolved and suffered through the internet’s domain name registrations wars and java, html, browser and search engine updates. It could be argued, that the web growth has been both positive and negative.
As the web improves, less technical or skilled users have become webmasters. Naturally, the intelligence level and mental stability of webmasters and blog owners devolved, resulting in a degraded Internet credibility. The quality of the content was reduced by once built in checks and balances. This lead to a growing belief in contradictions between privacy and free speech laws. Public stake holders such as Paypal, Facebook and Amazon struggle to constantly adopted new policies in an attempt to protect visitors.
Just this morning, I checked into Webmasterworld, (where I have been a member for 14 years) to look at discussions on the topic of Google Search Algorithm updates. The latest Google Search update, named “Fred”, was a topic covering the most recent post. I noted, one user with less experience than myself, stated that the Google update thread topic, “Fred” was “fake news”. I rest my case.
The Paypal website privacy states, “We do not sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your explicit consent.”
On the topic of freedom of speech, protected by the first Amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) website says, “The digital revolution has produced the most diverse, participatory, and amplified communications medium humans have ever had: the Internet. The ACLU believes in an uncensored Internet, a vast free-speech zone deserving at least as much First Amendment protection as that afforded to traditional media such as books, newspapers, and magazines.”
Who Has Control of Internet Privacy?
With the Trump federal government opening up internet privacy, far beyond what we have seen in the past, states are rushing to put in place their own internet privacy laws. How effective those regulations might be, may hinge on our national constitution. “The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land. It provides that state courts are bound by the supreme law; in case of conflict between federal and state law, the federal law must be applied.”
So, in effect, if federal law is tighter on civil liberties in some cases but more liberal in other cases, the resulting laws of the land may seem contradictory at best or deranged and psychologically unbalanced at worst. On the current USA government (circa Obama) website page on privacy, the website states, “While many companies take steps to protect your personal information, there is no guarantee that it is protected to the degree that you’d like. Some companies may share or sell your information to other organizations. If a company’s databases are hacked, you could be a victim of phishing scams or identity theft . . . ”
State Laws Related To Internet Privacy
Can states prevail in an internet privacy war with the federal government? According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the following states have or are in the process of state sponsored internet privacy laws: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
The website stated, “This web page documents state laws in a limited number of areas: website privacy policies, privacy of online book downloads and reader browsing information, personal information held by Internet service providers, online marketing of certain products directed to minors, and employee email monitoring.”
History – Internet Privacy Circa 2006
Is internet privacy protecting internet criminal elements? The post below could be seen on Cruise Bruise back on August 11, 2006. After launching the website, we, as most all webmasters did, were checking through our website statistics. Back in the day, webmasters could learn so much more from their website statistics about who their visitor were, what they were looking for, if they found it, and what new content might make the website more relevant to their target market, than they can today.
CRUISE BRUISE PORTHOLE (Circa 2006)
“The most troubling day in our history, was when we discovered within a few hours on November 3, 2006 some very disturbing search queries from arriving visitors.
The following search terms brought visitors to this site, on this day: live sexual assault on minor, cocaine dose – pictures, can i bring marijuana on cruise, ayia napa orgy, Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate, ghb cruise ship, and cruise weed. Think about the possibility of all those people being on the same cruise with you, and the dangers that a family ‘might’ face aboard.
It is a very dangerous world we live in today. Do not lose sight of that while you soak up the sun and the fun.”
It could be argued, some of these people would be better served on the Dark Web. The Dark Web is a hidden, twisted parallel web universe, an alternate internet world which the average person will never see. This is where privacy obsessive compulsive users and those who wear tin foil hats, intermix with criminals and deviants, with some of those trading in the dark web currency known as the bit coin. They roam freely in the dark recesses of the world wide web, hidden from mainstream internet user view.
These are some of the most enlightening search terms which brought visitors to Cruise Bruise in the early days. We were the only website covering these topics (as they related to cruises) back in 2006-2008. So, we ranked highly, for these somewhat disturbing search terms, when taken in or out of context. A few words on a page, would trigger our pages at the top of the page, in search result queries for the oddest search topics. See the search terms which brought visitors to Cruise Bruise.
carnival cruise sex pictures
cruise ship sex
i like to buy sex in costa rica
nude photos on carnival cruise ships
butanediol retailers (July 17, 2006)
bomb dogs on cruise lines ( July 24, 2006)
british Ayia Napa greek cruise orgy photo
cocaine smuggling tips (July 28, 2006)
cruise ship drugged raped photos
cruise ship naked pictures (Sep 24, 2006)
cruise ship photos naked (July 23, 2006 AU)
Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate recipe (August 21, 2006)
group rapes in carnaval
how to bring marijuana on a cruise ship (July 16,2006)
how to smuggle” cocaine (August 21, 2006)
how to sneak onto a cruise ship (July 16, 2006)
“kiddie porn” (now that is scary)
kiddie porn webcams (Nov 14, 2006)
making love cams
Mega TV girls sex pictures Ayia Napa cruise boat
Dark Web Reaches Far and Wide
Consider this thought. The dark web is a bigger part of the entire picture, because it is more private by design and ‘may’ be a safe zone away from hackers.
Wired.com posted an article, which was very ‘dark web’ and fitting, for Halloween, October 31, 2014. The Wired article, Why Facebook Just Launched It’s Own Dark Web Site, states, “In a first-of-its-kind move for a Silicon Valley giant, Facebook on Friday launched a Tor hidden service, a version of its website that runs the anonymity software Tor. That new site, which can only be accessed by users running the Tor software, bounces users’ connections through three extra encrypted hops to random computers around the Internet, making it far harder for any network spy observing that traffic to trace their origin.”
Sure enough, I went to the Facebook dark web domain to see for myself and Facebook had indeed gone to the privacy cloaking, dark web. There have been recent rumors since Trump took office that Facebook billionaire CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has serious political ambitions and may run for President in 2020. It is noted that 2020 has other meanings, such as 20-20 being a medical diagnosis for perfect vision. It looks like Mark Zuckerberg had 20-20 vision before Trump took office and saw this latest federal government, dark, ugly internet development coming.
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