Privacy on the Net

  Fateful Shadow 22:11 16 Aug 2004

I was just looking through some of my GCSE revision notes and I was looking at privacy, the law of the computer world, etc. and I thought...people can 'cover thier tracks' by buying software to delete files, but can ISP's track what you download and what sites you visit?

Could anyone enlighten me on this? I've done my ICT exam already so there's no real urgency, but I wondered if this was possible, seeing as how privacy is such a high issue nowadays.

Thanks :)

  Fateful Shadow 10:46 17 Aug 2004


  tasslehoff burrfoot 10:55 17 Aug 2004

As far as I am aware, there is nothing you can do to completely cover your tracks.

There are ways of making it more difficult to trace you e.g. using proxys, but if someone is determined enough you can be traced.

I heard that ISPs keep a record of everywhere y've been (online) and everything you've downloaded and all emails for 6 years. However, I can't vouch for that.

I shudder to think of the size of the storage device to store that much information for all of, say, AOL's customers.

Of course the internet has no national boundaries, and the FBI are aware of every move we make, click here for proof.


  Smegs 10:55 17 Aug 2004

I think you'll find, that ISP's can see where you go and where you've been. You only have to look at that copper that's just been sent down.

I also think, that the ISP's have to keep your privercy aswell. I heard a few years back, that someone had been looking at "Child Porn" of sorts, he got sent down. Then he sued the ISP, because they released his details without his permission.

If I'm wrong on this, someone will tell you.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 11:00 17 Aug 2004

'...people can 'cover their tracks'..quite simply they cannot. The only way is to set up your own server.

'but can ISP's track what you download and what sites you visit?'...and they keep the information for 6 years.

The Net is a open (as opposed to restricted) resource and anyone thinking that they can have any privacy is barking mad.


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