DGAA bLAWg

Your Personal Browsing History Could Be Sold or Traded to the Highest Bidder – How the Government is Letting Internet Companies Violate the Privacy Rights of Citizens

Web Admin - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Joliet general practice lawyersAlthough the Constitution does not explicitly state you have the right to privacy, it does elude to such protection. The Supreme Court has also acknowledged that several amendments, when combined, create this right. What happens, though, when the government itself strips away that right? More importantly, what do you do when it is happening without your knowledge? 

It might sound a little far-fetched or a little like something out of a conspiracy novel, but it is a very real issue. In fact, it has been happening for some time now; internet companies have been allowed to sell, market, and trade your browsing history to advertisers and other relevant companies. What is worse, the Obama administration had set a law that would have stopped this trade and sale of your private information, but the Trump administration recently repealed that law, stopping it before it ever went into effect. 

What does this mean for you? Is there anything you can do to prevent it from happening? Perhaps, but perhaps not. At the very least, though, you should be aware of the issue. After all, a privacy violation of this magnitude should never be taken lightly. 

What You Need to Know 

Internet providers collect information about every person that uses the internet. They track what you are looking at, where you are, your shopping preferences, and other aspects of your daily activity. Most have stated that they will not share “sensitive information” about their customers without consent, such as your health or banking information, but this can often be determined from your browsing history. For example, if you look up a list of symptoms on the internet, your provider, and ultimately the companies they may sell your information to, may be able to deduce certain details about you and your life. 

Mostly, it seems that the information is used to tailor advertisements to your preferences. So, for example, if you look at a shoe shopping site, you might see ads for shoe companies while browsing the internet. The information could also be used to better understand how consumers use and shop on the web. However, there is no limit on what they can do with this information, nor is there anything to stop them from using or selling it. 

What Can You Do About It? 

Although privacy experts do not believe that the law would allow companies to sell your information with your name attached, none can say with certainty that it will not happen. The law is murky, at best. In fact, there is no way to even rule out the idea that the police or Federal Bureau of Investigation might not obtain your browsing data against you. In short, you could be tracked doing almost anything, and there is almost no limit to what can be done with that information. What is worse, there is no guaranteed way to keep this information private. Setting your browser to private will not do it, and virtual private networks (VPNs) have their downfalls; you need to know how to use them, and not all are as confidential as they claim to be. In short, do your homework before choosing one.  

Need Legal Assistance with an Important Matter? 

Contact Us Today At Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, we recognize that the government, law enforcement, internet providers, manufacturing companies, insurance companies, and many other businesses and agencies ignore your rights. We are here to protect and uphold those rights. Whatever your legal needs, we will fight to preserve your best interest. Schedule a consultation with our Joliet general practice lawyers to learn more about how we can assist with your case. Call us at 847-934-6000 today.


About the Author: Attorney Jay Andrew is a founding partner of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton School of Law and has been practicing in estate planning, probate, trust administration, real estate law, residential/ commercial leasing, contracts, and civil litigation. Since 2005, Jay has been a Chair of the Mock Trial Committee for the Annual Northwest Suburban Bar Association High School Mock Trial Invitation which serves over 240 local Illinois students each year.

Sources:

http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/24/technology/spying-companies-isp-senate-vote/?iid=EL

https://www.aclu.org/other/students-your-right-privacy

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/28/internet-service-providers-sell-browsing-history-house-vote





Recent Posts


Tags

Illinois wills and trusts Crystal Lake will lawyer Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys Rolling Meadows business lawyer living wills criminal law food poisoning bicycle accidents Schaumburg car accident attorney medical malpractice claims Family Medical Leave Act vacation home fines Policy Cancellation Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers Do Not Resuscitate hands free device Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney Illinois insurance dispute lawyers license pedestrian-automobile accident subcontractor Schaumburg civil litigation attorney income distribution deducation car accident defective products capital gains tax work unions Inverness real estate attorney School Visitation Rights Act traffic deaths Schaumburg personal injury lawyer murder Barrington personal injury attorney Buffalo Grove life insurance attorney rest breaks digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Illinois collections attorney Illinois Probate Act of 1975 personal injury law firm Des Plaines collections attorney construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation fiduciary rule Palatine employment lawyer Arlington Heights employment law attorneys Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Des Plaines tax law firm employee misclassification minimum wage clemency insurance negligence denied insurance claim business litigation coronavirus special needs trust Illinois wrongful termination lawyer Inverness elder law lawyer Crystal Lake traffic lawyer pay when paid contract trench injuries Colin Gilbert insurance agent negligence IRELA Crystal Lake insurance lawyer dog bites PTSD workplace sexual harassment denied insurance claims Chicago lawyer DGAA Illinois insurance claim attorney texting and driving involuntary manslaughter Illinois Sales Representative Act Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Illinois Human Rights Act car crash injuries insufficient documentation Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer Palatine workers compensation lawyer manufacturing Crystal Lake injury attorney Buffalo Grove employment lawyer Illinois estate planning law firm traumatic brain injuries DNR Illinois Rolling Meadows criminal attorney car crashes Inverness probate lawyer Crystal Lake law firm golf accidents Des Plaines real estate attorney insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer IRS deed transfer rollover car crashes Des Plaines criminal attorney Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument traffic offenses back injuries employment contract defective products lawyer probate fees bicycle dooring accidents living trust vs will Buffalo Grove traffic attorney Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer Des Plaines Illinois estate planning landlord tenant law Colin H. Gilbert Illinois workplace lawyer startup company problem employees Illinois employment attorneys Deer Park employment law attorney criminal defense taxes Inverness traffic law firm irrevocable trust trucking accidents Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Illinois employment law firm Barrington employment law attorney Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer revenge porn personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys insurance denials pizza emoji appealing an insurance claim llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association estate planning attorney employees GM ignition switches criminal Illinois boating accident lawyer insurance dispute employment law fatal car accidents Illinois bicycle safety denial of life insurance federal crimes power of attorney for healthcare Crystal Lake pet attorney Illinois insurance claims lawyers texting while driving financial advisors Illinois personal injury Illinois lawyer Inverness injury lawyer Illinois personal injury lawyer Palatine civil attorney employment lawyer traffic violations tax attorney distracted driving accidents Illinois insurance lawyer Illinois defective products attorney TBI Illinois employment lawyer Illinois traffic attorney Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer Barrington employment law firm Chicago corporate attorney Des Plaines claims law firm Illinois personal injury attorney Barrington litigation attorney overtime violations Buffalo Grove real estate attorney drug crimes living trust Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Des Plaines accident attorney Palatine traffic lawyer Buffalo Grove injury lawyer employee discrimination Crystal Lake employment lawyer drug crime estate plan medical marijuana fiduciary rule delay employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys car collision insurance claim dispute car accidents Illinois workers compensation attorney advance healthcare directive DUI defense wage theft employment law, Illinois employment laws Illinois tax attorney healthcare Palatine estate planning lawyer estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, Rolling Meadows employment law attorney federal regulations for LLCs DUI penalities Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers criminal record Palatine traffic accidents life insurance claim denial, denial of life insurance claim Illinois corporate lawyer Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer Liquor Control Act overtime pay installment contracts Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Illinois home inspection digital information Rolling Meadows probate lawyer IRA benefits Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Illinois driving without license Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Mt Prospect Attorney medical malpractice sexual images Home Remodeling Repair Act Schaumburg injury lawyer Arlington Heights car crash attorneys Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers Crystal Lake car accident attorney insurance agents Crystal Lake traffic attorney eluding a police officer motorcycle accident real estate leasing DUI attorney premises liability Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers Home Sale Contingencies trust payments drugs jet ski accidents construction accidents Des Plaines DUI attorney Rolling Meadows estate planning commercial leases sole proprietorship Schaumburg personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney Palatine real estate lawyer Illinois job attorney Long Grove estate planning attorneys Legal Info Palatine personal injury lawyer Illinois insurance disputes Chicago trucking accident attorney POA pet law bad faith insurance claims Arlington Heights trucking lawyer Schaumburg real estate lawyer breathalyzer test underfunded trust insurance claim Barrington real estate lawyer murder defense liability claims Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Schaumburg life insurance attorney Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Arlington Heights estate planning attorney natural gas ACA expungement investment property insurance claim denials real estate Illinois trucking safety Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act traffic accidents Chicago employment lawyer beneficiary complications Palatine civil litigation lawyer Detainer Actions creditors Deer Park real estate law firm Inverness civil lawyer Exclusions insurance claim dispute attorney cell phone accidents preventable medical errors college kids controlled substance Barrington injury attorney condo speeding breach of contract Fourth of July products liability Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer paid sick leave Arlington Heights injury attorney fault based insurance foreclosed rental property Mount Prospect elder law attorney Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer compensatory time Buffalo Grove probate lawyer Arlington Heights lawyer life insurance policy Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer boating DUI Illinois real estate drug possession BAC Arlington Heights tax lawyer Barrington business law firm material misrepresentation Illinois Trust Code Super Mario agent Crystal Lake accident attorney holiday statistics Palatine corporate law attorneys Illinois traffic accident lawyer trustee workers compensation privacy laws Palatine life insurance lawyer slip and fall accidents Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Illinois medical malpractice claim probate Mount Prospect real estate lawyer Illinois elder law attorney insurance claim denial Crystal Lake tax lawyer unfunded trust workers compensation benefits insurance attorney commercial real estate Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney uninsured motorist Arlington Heights car accident lawyer gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys South Barrington real estate attorney FSLA lapse in policy Palatine business attorney medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers trusts real estate attorneys underinsured motorist guardianship attorney Chicago car accident lawyer comp time living trust benefits Inverness personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows traffic attorney Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Illinois car accident attorney Des Plaines drug lawyer wrongful death rumble strips icy parking lots Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney Illinois pedestrian accident attorney cell phone tower data Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney Illinois workers compensation lawyer senior citizens wrongful termination Inverness corporate attorney Illinois business law atorneys personal injury Deer Park workers compensation lawyer hiring employees caretaker rights civil litigation attorney Illinois insurance attorney Illinois employment law Buffalo Grove law firm Illinois employee rights attorney. blood alcohol content Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer Des Plaines real estate lawyer Kenilworth estate planning lawyer slip and fall Deer Park accident attorney sexual harassment Schaumburg estate planning attorney Illinois employment laws owner responsibility motorcycle accident lawyer internet Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney Kenilworth estate planning attorney Kenilworth estate planning attorneys privacy life insurance claims Inverness accident lawyer Affordable Care Act Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Barrington estate planning attorney Illinois speeding lawyer cause-of-death exclusions Schaumburg Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Deer Park personal injury lawyer FMLA forming a corporation in Illinois probate claims filing a medical malpractice claim real estate closing traffic violations defense Arlington Heights employment attorney gift taxes Palatine punch death unauthorized overtime license reinstatement Barrington employment attorney consent to a search Palatine elder law attorney independent contractor Crystal Lake business law attorneys life insurance lawyer low-ball insurance settlement elder law pedestrian accidents Schaumburg Attorney Barrington criminal defense lawyer Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Illinois traffic laws commercial leasing medication errors Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Attorney Ken Apicella Illinois estate planning attorney Illinois mortgages modern family estate planning truck collisions probate lawyer Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, Illinois registered agent deadly crashes Palatine corporate attorney Long Grove real estate attorney operating agreements insurance disputes Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Schaumburg criminal law attorney head on collisions social media after death natural gas explosion Chicago estate planning lawyer Illinois employment law attorneys Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Des Plaines pet law attorney contracts hit and run accident real estate contract Rolling Meadows accident lawyer pet bites health insurance dispute small business mass shooting Illinois rollover accident lawyers drunk driving loopholes Self-Directed IRA Accounts Barrington workers compensation attorney marijuana crimes attorney Schaumburg estate planning lawyer Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer Rolling Meadows life insurance claim denial attorney Illinois Smoke Detector Act insurance claims Arlington Heights TBI attorney traffic crimes Barrington boating accident attorney Rolling Meadows tax attorney healthcare claims Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer medical research comparative negligence murder charges digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, insurance dispute attorney Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers severance agreements Schaumburg criminal attorney right to work trauma after an accident Chicago biking tips Deer Park traffic accident attorney life insurance boating accidents CAM no contest clauses Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney Chicago employment attorney nursing home negligence personal injury attorney Crystal Lake employment law attorney insurance claim delay Retaliatory Discharge traffic tickets Arlington Heights traffic attorney Arlington Heights real estate lawyer Illinois DUI attorney Schaumburg employment law attorneys Schaumburg insurance lawyers Palatine employment attorney traffic laws Illinois LLC creation Barrington criminal lawyer boating under the influence unpaid assessment employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Illinois personal injury lawyers probate claims process Illinois red light cameras Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney medical malpractice compensation bike accident Barrington estate planning lawyer first degree murder Palatine Attorney LLCs denial of insurance claim Illinois criminal defense attorney drug crimes lawyer Illinois real estate lawyer Illinois business lawyer Long Grove real estate lawyer real estate lawyer Palatine law firm Palatine criminal defense lawyer wills and trusts blended families Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Illinois attorney mortgage Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer power of attorney Landlord Tenant Ordinance Arlington Heights personal injury attorney ObamaCare Joliet general practice lawyers Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer Des Plaines civil attorney Illinois small business Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer spinal cord injuries Des Plaines personal injury lawyer Long Grove estate planning Forcible Entry Deer Park DUI lawyer Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer dealing with problem employees product liability Illinois trusts attorney Chicago traffic lawyer pregnant women preventing accidents Illinois medical malpractice attorney Palatine trusts lawyer brain injury Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer Buffalo Grove corporate attorney spinal cord injury Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer homestead rights dram shop law home inspection lawyer loss of consortium Rolling Meadows real estate attorney how to avoid common denials of life insurance claims IRA trust transfer ken apicella dynasty trusts estate planning trusts Schaumburg construction accident lawyer personal injury claim Illinois pet lawyer job lawyers estate tax employee rights Palatine injury attorney Illinois probate lawyer Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Schaumburg corporate attorney Illinois workplace discrimination attorney Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer corporate law Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer liens workers comp Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney Illinois employment law attorney elder abuse BUI Rolling Meadows traffic law firm real estate attorney Des Plaines personal injury attorney Deer Park criminal attorney car crash Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Illinois living will Illinois medical malpractice lawyers rollover accidents distracted driving accident victims Barrington personal injury lawyer construction contracts residential real estate automated cars liability Chicago attorney Palatine insurance lawyer Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers Employment Discrimination Law pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality top life insurance claim denials Schaumburg employment attorney Schaumburg elder law lawyer suspended license pain and suffering Schaumburg traffic lawyer DMV DUI whistleblower protections Barrington Traffic Lawyer in terrorem provision swimming pools civil rights violation Barrington attorney field sobriety test caregiver Illinois law Chicago insurance law firm license revocation BAIID estate planning for college students crossover accidents anesthesia errors accidental death benefits probate process digital assets most common reasons for life insurance claim denials Schaumburg estate attorney Class A misdemeanor South Barrington real estate lawyer Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer attorney fees digital evidence Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents auto accidents Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act cell phone Fair Labor Standards Act estate attorney Illinois medical malpractice case new real estate form Whistleblower Claims Barrington drug crime attorney underage DUI Illinois will lawyer Schaumburg personal injury lawyers pedestrian accident wills Chicago life insurance attorney civil litigation personal injury claims Inverness insurance attorney Deer Park traffic lawyer Barrington medical malpractice lawyers landlord Barrington civil litigation attorney Schaumburg probate attorney Arlington Heights insurance attorney disability benefits Transfer on Death Instrument rent to own real estate contracts marijuana drunk driving statistics Arlington Heights accident attorney Jay Andrew reckless homicide Chicago estate planning Inverness DUI lawyer Des Plaines personal injury lawyers wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace Deer Park medical malpractice attorney insurance denial appeals Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer Palatine probate lawyer Arlington Heights Attorney Illinois civil litigation lawyer Des Plaines injury law firm Chicago insurance claim attorneys Thanksgiving Chicago will attorney changes to mortgage law Inverness real estate lawyer condo association trucking accident lawyers Palatine employment law lawyer employment attorney real estate zoning Rolling Meadows Attorney insurance adjusters insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys Illinois traffic ticket lawyer personal injury accidents car accident lawyers institutional trustee Illinois traffic attorneys Illinois injury lawyer car accident lawyer driving Inverness estate planning lawyer jet ski foreclosure vacation home meal breaks estate planning lawyer Crystal Lake employment attorney traumatic brain injury Barrington life insurance lawyer child safety personal injury lawyer Long Grove estate planning attorney surgical mistakes Rolling Meadows employment attorney Palatine construction attorney license suspension unpaid overtime Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Riverwoods estate planning lawyer Des Plaines insurance attorney Illinois construction accident attorney Palatine drug lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer

Archive