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2017 might be the year where American’s lose more of their rights to privacy.

 

Sparked by the change of leadership, telecommunications companies filed a petition on January 16th to remove Internet privacy rules passed in October by the Federal Communications Commission. These rules prevent companies such as Comcast and Verizon from gathering and selling consumer’s private information such as geolocation logs and the content of emails.

If the new petition passes, private information from over 178 million customers from Comcast and Verzion alone would be available to marketing agencies.

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Consumers have always been concerned about the Government and marketing companies collecting their data, and 55% of Internet users take extra precautions to protect their data from specific people or organizations. Yet in spite of this concern, many people freely give away their data away to popular sites like Facebook and Google.

Soon all American’s online activity might be monitored and sold off to third parties like ad agencies and the government, and users need to know which companies they can trust to protect their data.

Companies and Government Privacy

It’s up to companies to create, protect and uphold user’s rights to privacy, a task that was exhibited in the Apple vs FBI case. The balance of protecting consumer’s right to privacy and adhering to government requests is a fine line to walk, and many companies do their best to not infringe user’s rights.

Below the publication Quartz created an illustration that shows how often the U.S. law enforcement requested user data during the first half of 2015 from companies like Google and Apple, and how often those companies complied.

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User Information and Other Third Parties

While some companies have no problem withholding user information from the government, there are some third parties that tech companies aren’t opposed to giving user information to: ad and marketing agencies. Companies like Facebook and Google sell data from more than 2 billion users combined.

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Recorded customer behavioral data on services like Google and Facebook is limited and users are updated on their privacy rights. Yet users are still positioned to trade their behavioral information for a free service.

Protect Your Private Information with Macate

To protect and shield valuable and confidential information, choose a company like Macate that will protect your right to privacy and guard your conversations. Macate’s codetel messaging app has the most advanced AES encryption, providing a robust layer of protection on all emails, messages and video calls.  With a randomly generated private “key” for every message and attachment, you can send emails, messages, contact lists, and voice/video callings that are highly protected. codetel messenger is uploaded on all GATCA cyberphones and is one of the most secure smart phones on the market.

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