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Breaking: Internet Providers To Spy On You From July 12

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Published on Mar 15, 2012

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If you you ever download illegal music or copyrighted movies online, your days are numbered. Starting on July 12 this year, Internet Service Providers will begin spying on what you do online and if they detect that you're downlading copyrighted material they will take action that could include severely limiting what you can surf and putting you on a blacklist. It's all part of ACTA: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

The new anti-piracy strategy is courtesy of the Motion Picture and Recording Industry Association of America -- the same guys who tried to introduce SOPA and PIPA -- the two antipiracy acts which were killed after a day-long boycott by major tech companies like Reddit, Wikipedia and Google.

Here's how it will work: Your internet service provider -- including Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, AT&T will watch what you're doing online. If they catch you downloading something illegal, they can do any number of things: According to RAW STORY:

They can require that an alleged repeat offender undergo an educational course before their service is restored. They can utilize multiple warnings, restrict access to only certain major websites like Google, Facebook or a list of the top 200 sites going, reduce someone's bandwidth to practically nothing and even share information on repeat offenders with competing ISPs, effectively creating a sort of Internet blacklist — although publicly, none of the network operators have agreed to "terminate" a customer's service.

We actually don't know how this works with Facebook or other services which regularly share copyrighted content but the idea that an internet service provider will now spy on what we do online is all kinds of wrong and there are no real ways for you as user to defend yourself.

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