Prying eyes is a category that describes anybody snooping around or eavesdropping on what you want to keep private. When dealing with online matters which involve the internet, many prying eyes are after your data. The most common ones are your ISP, the government, marketing agencies, cybercriminals and anybody interested in your internet traffic.
There are two levels of browsing history; the local level – the one that your browser logs and the internet level, this pertains the digital footprints you leave online or what prying eyes on the internet can see.
Why prying eyes are interested in your data/browser history
ISPs are responsible for providing you access to the open internet. In doing so, they can see, track and even monitor what we are doing online. While they are at it, they can make profits, reduce costs and even help other agencies.
Marketing and advertisements
Through monitoring, ISPs can know what services you like most. To make more profit, they may throttle the service’s bandwidth and present you with another subscription package. Other times, throttling is done to eliminate competition, for instance, an ISP may offer streaming services, but mostly you like watching Netflix instead. To avoid the competition, they may throttle Netflix, and this might force you to use their service.
Monitoring copyright infringement
Copyright enforcement agencies mostly use ISPs to ensure nobody is infringing copyrights through filesharing services such as torrenting. When torrenting, your IP address is visible, and your ISP will be able to pinpoint you. What follows next is a copyright infringement notice which can be later accompanied by huge fines.
Governments are always monitoring some persons of interest and the entire population in general. Surveillance can be useful when getting rid of crimes and terrorist acts. But it’s wrong if you are being surveilled for no reason.
Cybercriminals also monitor your internet traffic and even tra