Your online activities are for sale

US citizens lost a little bit more of their privacy the other day, when Congress made sure that internet service providers will be able to sell customer information, such as web browsing history, in the future too. Yes, too, because this isn't new, just cemented now (barring president Trump's signature). The Verge:

Itโ€™s hard to see this as anything but a major loss for consumers. While reversing the FCCโ€™s privacy rules will technically just maintain the status quo โ€” internet providers have actually been able to sell your web browsing data forever (itโ€™s just not a thing we think about all that much) โ€” they were about to lose permission to keep doing it, unless they got explicit consent or anonymized the info.

It was the Republican party who voted this one through, so while there are lists of the traitors to the internet and whatnot, you should probably call your representatives no matter what.

Want to know what the ISPs can actually sell? Motherboard has you covered, and it's pretty scary reading. You might want to consider getting yourself a VPN (Zenmate, Tunnelbear, and NordVPN are easy to use), use secure messaging apps such as Signal or iMessage, and live in incognito mode until the Big Brother Corp nastiness passes. If it ever will.

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Have you read Haunted Futures yet?

I’ve got a story in the science fiction/near future anthology Haunted Futures, together with the likes of Warren Ellis and Tricia Sullivan. Check it out!