The Internet is an indispensable part of our daily lives. At home, at work and on the go, we are constantly tethered to an Internet connection to shop, check email, read news and post on social media websites.
Seldom do we stop to realize that our Internet Service Provider – or ISP – is collecting information about us every time we go online. Your ISP handles all of your network traffic. That means it has a broad view of all of your unencrypted online activity – when you are online, the websites you visit, and the apps you use. If you have a mobile device, your provider can track your physical location throughout the day in real time. Even when data is encrypted, your broadband provider can piece together significant amounts of information about you – including private information such as a chronic medical condition or financial problems – based on your online activity.