Encryption Cannot Protect Consumer Privacy from ISPs
In the Matter of Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and other Telecommunications Services, Federal Communications Commission WC Docket No. 16-106
7 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2016
Date Written: July 6, 2016
This is a response to misinformation about encryption that has appeared in several comments filed in the Federal Communications Commission proceeding on privacy in broadband Internet services. Those comments promoted the fallacy that use of encryption in the Internet could somehow prevent providers of a broadband Internet access service (BIAS) from obtaining extensive sensitive information about Internet users. This paper will show that, in reality, BIAS providers still have expansive access into their users’ traffic even when people use encryption, and even when they use multiple ISPs and devices.
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