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The government won't protect your internet privacy, so here's how to do it yourself

Harm mitigation in a suddenly less secure internet
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Internet Service Providers were an integral part of privacy online. No longer, thanks to new legislation.

The big money of the internet comes from tracking and selling user data to better target ads. Do one search for "power drills" and you'll be inundated with ads for related products across your whole web experience. Those are targeted ad dollars at work. This is at the core of Facebook and Google’s business models, and for good reason: the amount of money companies spend advertising online is set to outpace money spent on ads on television this year. Internet service providers (ISPs) are eager to get in on the action—once existing privacy protections for users are no longer an obstacle, that is.

Yesterday, by a vote of 215 to 205, the House of Representatives voted to strip privacy safeguards from people who use the internet. The measure already cleared the Senate with a narrow majority, and experts expect that President Trump will sign the bill into law. When he does so, ISPs, the companies that connect people to the internet, will be able to collect and sell information about specific users without their permission.

More specifically, the bill nullifies a set of rules put in place by the FCC. Collectively, the rules

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