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your internet service provider has opt out page somewhere in your account settings that limit them from sharing your metadata.

 

that's going to change pretty soon, that they won't have to offer that option anymore.

 

So DO IT NOW

 

 

 

The incident that led me to realize that my ISP was sharing metadata was when LinkedIn started offering me job openings in industries unrelated to my current & historical occupation

 

 

Job postings for Credit Consoling , Credit Repair, Banking and Legal Aid positions

 

 

Once I opted out on my ISP and other places those job postings disappeared.

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Have ATT Uverse - and will opt out. There's so many bots and cross-linked databases, they will eventually get your info. It's still important to clean the temp cache on your devices. Regular clean up is a must.

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Privacy is so 1983.

 

But nothing has really changed much since 1983. Target marketing existed back then. There were databases with your buying habits. If you subscribed to magazine, used a credit card or bought something through the mail you were on a list. Those list were cross referenced with other list and marketing companies knew a lot about you.

 

One guy made a fortune a few years back by buying a list of people that had bought gold. Then he sent them a letter that said "If I know you bought gold, then thieves do too." He then pitched them a line of safes his company sold.

 

Targeted marketing actually brings cost down for products and services because it brings down customer acquisition costs.

 

When you opt-out with the ISP, your information will still be in their database. It just won't be used to target the advertising you see. So there isn't much much to be gained (privacy wise) by opting out.

 

The ads you see on websites are going to be there anyway when you opt-out, they will just be non-targeted ads for products with high-profit margins (like Insurance, cars, and Viagra). Personally I would rather see targeted ads for niche products I'm interested in rather than a generic ad.

 

But then again, I work in marketing... so I'm a little biased.

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Privacy is so 1983.

 

But nothing has really changed much since 1983. Target marketing existed back then. There were databases with your buying habits. If you subscribed to magazine, used a credit card or bought something through the mail you were on a list. Those list were cross referenced with other list and marketing companies knew a lot about you.

 

One guy made a fortune a few years back by buying a list of people that had bought gold. Then he sent them a letter that said "If I know you bought gold, then thieves do too." He then pitched them a line of safes his company sold.

 

Targeted marketing actually brings cost down for products and services because it brings down customer acquisition costs.

 

When you opt-out with the ISP, your information will still be in their database. It just won't be used to target the advertising you see. So there isn't much much to be gained (privacy wise) by opting out.

 

The ads you see on websites are going to be there anyway when you opt-out, they will just be non-targeted ads for products with high-profit margins (like Insurance, cars, and Viagra). Personally I would rather see targeted ads for niche products I'm interested in rather than a generic ad.

 

But then again, I work in marketing... so I'm a little biased.

 

 

So would I. Lots of ads for things of no interest results in mentally tuning out ads. Back when I was working I used to read the ads as much as content in trade mags. Ads were sometimes the first indication of some new product that would be of value. Pretty much the same with web ads. Except that sometimes high value items (like FLIRs) would follow me around for weeks. Click tendency rapidly decays.

 

As an aside, 1983 was a reference to the book, 1984, where televisions watched you. It's an amusing read these days.

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the current regulation enacted in December 2016

 

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/02/2016-28006/protecting-the-privacy-of-customers-of-broadband-and-other-telecommunications-services

 

 

which is going to be overturned -

 

however, I truly believe that if you Opt Out/in now on your cell phone / ISP the Companies will leave that in place - because it falls under your current private contract.

 

question remains on what happens when the law changes , and when your contract is up?

 

- will they require you to reaffirm or provide new opt out/in choices?

 

in the end, I think the corporate lawyers will have the final say regarding the choices provided

 

 

Opt-in Approval. We adopt rules requiring carriers to obtain customers' opt-in approval for use and sharing of sensitive customer PI (and for material retroactive changes to carriers' privacy policies). A familiar example of opt-in practices appears when a mobile application asks for permission to use geo-location information.

 

Opt-out Approval. Balancing important governmental interests in protecting consumer privacy and the potential benefits that may result from the use of non-sensitive customer PI, we adopt rules requiring carriers to obtain customers' opt-out approval for the use and sharing of non-sensitive customer PI.

 

Congressionally-Recognized Exceptions to Customer Approval Requirements. Consistent with the statute, we adopt rules that always allow broadband providers to use and share customer data in order to provide broadband services (for example to ensure that a communication destined for a particular person reaches that destination), and for certain other purposes.

 

the current regulation enacted in December 2016

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Only slightly related, when I was doing residential computer repair, you could always tell the man of the houses computer from the woman's. The mans had porn popups and the woman's had gambling or games related popups.

 

I believe it! OTOH, I need to watch more porn or read less CB and related sites. Most of the popups I get are for credit cards, IT stuff or nifty things like FLIR imagers.

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