Congress voted this week to roll back the FCC's privacy rules for ISPs (Internet service providers), which would have limited the ability of broadband or wireless service providers to collect and sell personal browsing data.
As you might expect, the congressional action has raised alarms in privacy and security communities. Part of the issue is that your carrier sees all your network traffic -- unlike a company like Google or Facebook, which sees just the traffic you send to them through searches or posts. Also, this rollback marks the federal government shifting away from consumer protection.
How can you protect your data?
Privacy experts recommend that you use a VPN, or virtual private network, which can shield your network traffic as it passes through your Internet provider.
Picking a trustworthy VPN can be tricky, as VPN providers may also collect and sell your browsing history or otherwise not protect your data. A recent study found that 18 percent of VPNs don't encrypt your traffic and up to 84 percent leak data.
Should you pick another ISP?