Simple question: In the whole Internet, what entity do you think knows us the best? Not Google, not Facebook, not Twitter, yes not even that smartphone we are all addicted to. It is our ISP, the very bridge of our devices to the Internet itself. Our ISP knows more about us than our mothers know us. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Tom Wheeler himself revealed it to the public, how knowledgeable the ISPs have become.
In his column in recode.net, a security blogging site, he mentioned: "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."
It is something to think about the next time you try to use your Internet connection to transact online. Our only saving grace is ISPs are not in the business of causing us trouble, as they give us the connection. Unfortunately, this vast knowledge ISP store about us, our personally identifiable information are just their in their custody. If only our very service provider becomes an anti spam ISP themselves, given their vast access to our data by default. If they become anti spam ISPs, it will be a great help to countering the syndicated scam perpetuated by spammers for decades.
The world needs more layers of security than another channel of possible leakage of information. The ISPs are responsible for taking care of user's data at the wake of the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for all European Union Territories. Online services inside and outside EU are changing their Terms of Service to comply with this more intense requirement of securing user data. Even if the user is not living in a European Union Territory, the online services usually choose to use only one Terms of Service instead of create a separate for EU and the rest of the world.
Even with this EU-initiated legislation that hopefully will secure our data handled by our ISPs, it is still prudent for us to be alert. The hope that Internet Service Providers voluntarily becoming anti spam isps. A 2015 statistic shows that for every spam email in general, it earns USD 0.000125, a fairly small number at first, but with tens of billions of spam emails/day it becomes apparent that we are dealing with a huge black market business.
Once they choose to become anti spam ISPs, half of the battle is won. Individual email users and organizations dependent on the email system will have to spend less for their security and give way for more funding for research and development. With them becoming anti spam ISPs, such value-added service will increase their market-edge compared to other traditional service providers that are not serving as anti spam isp.
Anti spam ISPs will brace the trail of a more privacy-conscious Internet, that we netizens all need these days. Our personally identifiable information have been mishandled for decades, imagine if only anti spam ISPs exist that safeguards our privacy the very moment the packets leave our computers. Anti spam ISPs will also educate users to become more responsible with handling their personal data. This will give way to producing a new generation of netizens who are security conscious, which is not possible today due to the absence of anti spam ISPs.
Anti spam ISPs are hard to launch, as it requires a lot from the infrastructure of anti spam ISPs to innovate. Innovation that comes not as free, but with a cause. Hopefully some venture capitalist can see this potential for a more privacy-friendly Internet and invest their money for the good of everyone.
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