Internet Privacy Rules in Part Face a Halt at the FCC

Via NPR:

Consumer advocacy groups have argued that the ISPs have a broader capacity to collect data on people than websites and digital services, given that ISPs connect users to all those websites and services in the first place. ISPs might use the collected data for their own promotions or sell it to data brokers for marketing or other uses.

Rolling back privacy protections for consumers is only good for ISPs. This move reflects the current FCC chair’s willingness to work for the interests of the businesses his agency should be regulating over those of consumers.

All this amounts to is a violation of customer privacy in order to allow ISPs to better market subpar products that exist only due to their existing, near-monopoly positions in the marketplace.

The sooner ISPs become dumb pipes, the better.

Securing your personal devices and accounts »

Jonathan Zdziarski has a detailed write up on personal, technical security that you should read and consider implementing (particularly given recent events).

With the current US administration pondering the possibility of forcing foreign travelers to give up their social media passwords at the border, a lot of recent and justifiable concern has been raised about data privacy. The first mistake you could make is presuming that such a policy won’t affect US citizens.

Clearing mod_pagespeed cache

I use mod_pagespeed on this server to help speed up asset delivery and force optimization best practices across all of the sites I host. Occasionally, during deployments, it’s helpful to clear the module cache. Doing so is as simple as the following:

touch /var/cache/mod_pagespeed/cache.flush