This week, the House of Representatives passed a bill allowing Internet service providers (ISPs) to sell their customers’ browsing history without opt-in. As an entrepreneur, I see a lot of data being unlocked, and I’m starting to think of ways it can be bundled, personalized, and, say, sold to brands looking to market to specific customers. Will this bill be a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs?
if you don't want your personal informaton sold to the highest bidder then lets start paying for our internet services. The very first day that we gave ourselves up to a free web browser was the very last day that any of our personal information was private.
I am thinking of making a new web browser that will cost each person £5 per month to use. But as part of it there will be absolute guarantees that all data is secure, private and never for sale! Are you willing to pay for it?
On the first day God created the browser and the browser was good - it was free. Man liked free. Man was happy.
On the second day God created Hotmail and the email was good. Some funny adverts kept appearing. But man was still happy
On the third day God created Gmail and the email was better. But lots more ads began to appear. Man was suspicious. But it was all free so Man was still happy
On the fourth day God created data marketing companies. Man began getting lots of cr*p junk emails. Man was starting to get a bit hacked off now.
On the fifth day man's phone started ringing off the hook. Cold sales calls! But always strangely relevant.
On the sixth day man started whinging on and on and on. All these junk calls and emails and text messages, make them stop. But man then checked his bank statement and realised he hadn't paid for most of his internet services in 15 years. Man was now very confused and torn - my privacy or my wallet.
It already is for the VPN community. It will also be fun for the Rogue community. Masking will be be a great opportunity.
I think it will be a business opportunity to ISP, as now they can charge extra to their subscribers for private browsing. This is more or less what AT&T did and later dropped as a model. Maybe they'll revive that program?
I hope entrepreneurs desist from taking advantage of this bad intrusion into people's privacy. I don't want mine or my children's private access in the privacy of my home sold to their world. Ideas like Steve's that protect privacy would be welcome. I think i would pay for a tool that could guarantee that no intermediary has access to my web usage and does not store the information.