Editor’s Note: Below, Palm Beach Confidential editor Teeka Tiwari tells you how the U.S. government is selling your personal data to the highest bidder. Read on to find out how Teeka is protecting his privacy in this new American dystopia and the best ways for you to do the same.
For today’s Daily, I told my editor that we need to break from the norm. I had to get this news to you as quickly as I could because so many people have no idea what our government is up to.
There’s a disturbing trend that’s been simmering since the turn of the century, and now it’s starting to bubble over. I’ll let the words speak for themselves:
“There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America.”
James Comey, the director of the FBI, said that in a speech on March 8, 2017. He went on to say, “There is no place in America outside of judicial reach.”
Think about that for a moment. The federal government just told you that you have no right to absolute privacy.
Comey continued with, "Even our communications with our spouses, with our clergy members, with our attorneys are not absolutely private in America."
How about this quote? “Even our memories are not absolutely private in America.”
You can see it all for yourself right here.
You know what’s really crazy about this?
We have become so numb to the overreach of government that many of us just passively accept that the government should be able to read, see, and hear everything we do.
And the ugly truth is that our freedoms aren’t being taken from us; we are simply handing them over.
The next leg in this undressing of America’s privacy has to do with your web browser history. Up until April 3, it was illegal for your internet service provider (ISP) to sell your browsing history.
You may not know this, but every site you visit—even in privacy mode—is stored with your ISP.
And now, your ISP can sell your browsing history to the highest bidder.
Think about it. Would you want the world to know exactly what you’re looking at online?
How long before that type of data can get dragged up in petty lawsuits, employment background checks, and credit checks?
Chew on that, my friends. It’s a privacy nightmare.
If you’re sick and tired of passively seeing your rights stripped away from you, there is something you can use to protect yourself.
It’s called a virtual private network, or VPN for short. A VPN routes your internet traffic anonymously. Once you connect to a VPN, your ISP can’t “see” where you go from there.
Not all VPNs are created equally. If you want privacy, you have to use a VPN that does not keep server logs. A server log is what tracks where you’ve been on the internet.
The VPN I use is called IPVanish. The signup page is here. The normal charge is $77.99 per year, but if you minimize and reopen the browser window, a 20% discount offer will pop up. (I don’t get any referral fee from them. I just like the service.)
If you want to get even more secure, you can pay with bitcoin. If you want to get even more secure than that, I recommend getting a ProtonMail email account.
Let me explain…
My hacker contacts all use ProtonMail. It’s based out of Switzerland and uses end-to-end cryptography. That means even the operators of ProtonMail can’t see what you send and receive. The best part is it’s free. (They have a paid version, but you won’t need it.)
So if you want to be anonymous, I would suggest creating a ProtonMail account, using that email address to set up an IPVanish VPN, and paying in bitcoin from an anonymous wallet. (Check out this video on how to set up a bitcoin wallet.)
I think it’s ludicrous that we have to go to these lengths to protect our privacy. But if you don’t start taking charge of your own privacy now, you could find the most intimate details of your life being hawked all over the internet.
Editor, Palm Beach Confidential