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Member #307408

Member Since: March 6, 2012

Country: United States

  • Even for IoT devices that have no SSL/TLS support, you can add a level of privacy by having them connect through a VPN gateway. Since it also forces DNS queries over the VPN, or at least to a public DNS system like Google's DNS or FreeDNS, it can solve the issue of Alexa telling advertisers where you're home. It's pretty easy to set up a Raspberry Pi to force all your internet traffic over a VPN:


    This, of course, does nothing to increase the security of the devices themselves, but it does make your living room temperature data private from your ISP :-)

  • I'm afraid you're wrong that the FTC has any authority over ISPs. The FTC cannot regulate common carriers:

    "The legal changes all stem from the FCC's decision in February 2015 to reclassify home and mobile ISPs as common carriers. The reclassification had numerous effects: it allowed the FCC to impose net neutrality rules, but it also stripped the Federal Trade Commission of its authority over ISPs because the FTC's charter from Congress prohibits the agency from regulating common carriers."

    And even if ISPs weren't common carriers, the FTC still probably wouldn't have jurisdiction over them:

    "Theoretically, Congress and the FCC could return jurisdiction to the FTC by eliminating the privacy rules and eliminating the ISPs' common carrier classification. But even that might not work, because a federal appeals court ruling in August 2016 said that any company with a common carrier business cannot be regulated by the FTC at all, even when they're offering non-common carrier services. The common carrier designation is also used for landline phone and mobile voice service; that means ISPs like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint could be entirely exempt from FTC oversight."

    Source: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/03/how-isps-can-sell-your-web-history-and-how-to-stop-them/

    So this is absolutely not about overreach by the FCC to replace the FTC, this is about the FCC creating privacy rules where the FTC has no authority.

  • When Pete emerges from his burrow if he sees his shadow it'll mean six more weeks of testing.

  • At long last, the new plane prototype was complete, there was only one questioning remaining: How do you get into the cockpit?

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