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Techie fools online spies with “Internet Noise” site

Apr 03, 2017, 7:49 AM EDT
(Source: Blogtrepreneur/flickr)
(Source: Blogtrepreneur/flickr)

Miffed by U.S. Congress’ decision allowing internet service providers to sell the users’ browsing histories, technologist Dan Schultz has launched a website called “Internet Noise,” which disrupts the tracking and ad-profiling process in a weird but effective manner.

The website is coded to randomly open multiple web pages in every couple of seconds, making it difficult for snooping I.S.P.s to record a genuine browsing history for targeted ad delivery, writes iapp.

The site is not a tool to prevent internet service providers from collecting user’s browsing data but a means to raise awareness and protest against the recent rollback of the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules, notes The Verge. Schultz says he has received requests from coders, who intend to turn the tool into a more potent privacy tool.

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