By now you’ve probably heard that some ISPs may be giving your internet provider (ISP) the ability to track your online activities and even use your browsing history to help them build up their own databases of your internet usage.
This information is being collected and stored by ISPs in their databases, and it could be used to build up profiles on you, including your IP address.
While it’s not clear exactly what type of data is being used by ISPs, some ISPs are using DNS servers, which are essentially internet service providers that provide an internet connection to the internet.
Many ISPs use DNS servers to collect and store the data that you may have provided to them in the past, and this data could be useful for them in building up profiles of you in the future.
It’s also possible that ISP users may be collecting this information on their own, and using it to build profiles of their users.
In some cases, this could be happening without your knowledge.
“This could be a violation of your privacy rights,” said Chris Klimas, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed a lawsuit in November against the ISPs in New York State.
If you’re an ISP, you can use DNS records to access certain services that the ISP provides.
For example, the ISP might use DNS to provide you with a specific website that has a cookie that allows it to track who you are on the internet, or that may use this information to build a profile of you.
You may be asked to change your DNS settings to disable cookies, and if you choose to do this, you may find that the cookies will no longer be there.
However, it’s also important to understand that the information collected by ISP’s DNS servers may be used by the ISP to identify you in other ways, including in its advertising and tracking of users and advertisers.
“If the information that’s being collected by your ISP is being shared with advertisers, that information will be used in ways that are not in your best interest,” Klimis said.
“And the data could even be used for other purposes that you might not understand.”
If your ISP decides to share this data with advertisers it could still have a privacy impact.
The EFF is currently suing the ISPs to force them to stop sharing this information with advertisers.
It’s a violation for ISPs to be sharing their information with third parties, but the EFF argues that ISPs should be required to disclose this data to users in order to protect the privacy of their customers.
“What if they have access to your data for a long time?
They could use it to target you for targeted ads,” Klamas said.
In the meantime, you should be aware that ISP’s could be collecting information about you and tracking you on your behalf, and they could also use this data in the course of their business to improve their websites.