Your digital privacy is at risk in the States
The United States is part of the 5 Eyes surveillance alliance. But did you know they can share your data with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom as well?
In short, all the information gathered on you, such as financial records, internet surfing habits, emails, phone calls, and social network activity can be easily requested and accessed in other parts of the world.
Law-enforcement and intelligence agencies such as the FBI, CIA, and NSA, institutionalized surveillance in the States.
And in America, it’s pretty muddy when it comes to your data privacy and cybersecurity. Various privacy laws have been discussed in Congress over the years, but no definitive bill has been passed yet. Small regulations exist on a state-by-state basis, but none override laws like the Cloud Act, Patriot Act, and FISA. These give the government permission to spy on your data.
In America, you’re the one who has to protect your privacy. And one of the ways to do it is with a VPN.
American ISPs are keeping a close eye on you
In the age of ever-increasing mass surveillance, everything you do online as an American is heavily monitored and your data methodically collected. And the political climate isn’t helping your privacy one bit.
Under the Trump administration, a bill was passed that made it legal for ISPs to retain data indefinitely.
Even worse, in 2017, the US Senate voted to allow ISPs to sell or share your browsing history, along with other personal and identifiable information to third parties and advertisers.
AT&T recently came under fire after it was caught selling the real-time phone location data of its users. FCC started an investigation to determine a Section 222 violation. But since, technically speaking, no law was broken, it’s unclear if AT&T could be subjected to any penalties.
As an American internet user, you are never informed of such cases, and it’s impossible to track which company has your data and what they do with it.
Since no one is monitoring their activity, smaller US ISPs even resorted to using malicious DNS servers to reroute your internet traffic to potentially harmful sites, all in exchange for making an extra buck.
Breaking copyright laws in America isn’t a great idea
The US generally doesn’t have a problem with torrents. But when copyrighted materials come into play, things start getting tricky.
Copyright holders in the US have been getting even more vigilant after the Copyright Alert System was put in place in 2013. They’ve started going through all the legal hurdles in order to protect their copyrighted material.
This directly impacted American torrent users, since most of these checks were enforced through ISPs. By implementing a six strikes system targeting individual IPs, users who torrent copyrighted material are subject to DMCA warning notices.
However, things can quickly escalate with avid users, since penalties for repeated offenses include fines up to $150,000 and even jail time. Yikes.
From a legal standpoint, US courts make a clear distinction between people who frequently distribute copyrighted material and someone who occasionally downloads a file. But ISPs don’t necessarily take notice of this. For instance, they can choose to reduce your internet speed drastically.
Major US ISPs have also resorted to threats over handing personal data over to the authorities.
One such case happened in 2007 when Comcast began secretly blocking peer-to-peer technologies. Its customers were unable to use services like BitTorrent and Gnutella when connected to Comcast networks.
Net neutrality has left the building
Net neutrality laws expired in June 2018. Now the American ISPs can create fast lanes and slow lanes for internet users.
Broadband providers also have the power to charge preferential rates for faster and better speeds on different websites, much like public utilities are regulated.
So, unless the service you wish to access made a sweet deal with your ISP, chances are you’ll get less than ideal speeds. Sometimes even to the point of it being unusable.
And while Net neutrality laws can change over time, the threat of imposed throttling will always remain.
ISP throttling – a common, but dangerous practice
US broadband providers are no strangers to throttling and have targeted specific services in the past. YouTube seems to be the number one target among US wireless carries, but popular streaming services, like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and NBC have also been affected with severe buffering.
Back in 2008, one of the major providers, Comcast, amended their Acceptable Usage Policy and placed a measly 250 GB monthly data cap on users. Recently Verizon was accused of the same practices and went as far as throttling the data speed of first responders during California’s largest wildfires ever.
This trending practice also caught the eye of the FCC and FTC, that tried to regulate advertising data plans as unlimited.
Your rights on the internet are also limited to your ISP’s whims.
From 2011 to 2013, Google Wallet was completely blocked by AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. The reason? All three companies had a stake in developing Isis, a competitor to other mobile-payment systems.
Back in 2012, AT&T also disabled FaceTime’s functions on iPhones, to incentivize their customers to subscribe to a more expensive text-and-voice plan.
Luckily, you can use VPN software to escape all the throttling.
Access your favorite US content when traveling abroad
Planning trips abroad can be fun and exciting. No matter how adventurous you are, at the end of the day, it’s still comfy to just chill in front the of the TV. But it might not be as easy as you thought to keep up with your favorite shows from back home.
Most of the streaming services are geo-restricted. Not all the content available in America can be easily accessed from other countries. And the video dubbing trend might make it even more challenging to find content in English.
With CyberGhost VPN, you’ll never have to worry about missing your favorite shows. Just fire up the VPN app and connect to an American server to unblock streaming services like:
● HBO Now
Here’s how it works.
First, we hide your IP address. Then, we replace it with one from our system. No matter where you are, you can have a US IP address. To others, you’ll appear to be surfing from a US location and content won’t be out of your reach anymore.
Bypass international streaming restrictions
If you want to break the barriers and access foreign content, we've also got you covered. Whether you’re into dry British humor from BBC or looking to learn French by listening to natives, the possibilities are endless.
You can watch European TV from the comfort of your room easily whenever you want. Or switch to Brazilian sports to boost your adrenaline levels.
Check out all the streaming services you can unblock with CyberGhost VPN. No matter what you’re keen on watching, you’re bound to find something suited to your tastes.
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It’s essential to protect your entire digital life and all your gadgets.
What’s more, just one CyberGhost VPN subscription allows up to 7 simultaneous connections.
The VPN for total internet freedom in the US
Whether it’s live streaming, downloading torrents, or encrypting your internet traffic you’re after, CyberGhost is the best VPN option for US citizens.
With over 1100 VPN servers located within US borders, we can always make you feel right at home. No throttling, no buffering, no bandwidth limits, no data caps.
Want more info about CyberGhost VPN? Be sure to check out our FAQ section. For further guidance, reach out to Customer Support team. They can handle your requests in English, German, French, and Romanian. What’s more, they’re available 24/7 via live chat or email.
No, we do not.
Founded in 2011, CyberGhost VPN is a provider of German-engineered software, built to withstand threats to your privacy.
The reason we’re headquartered in Romania is the country’s privacy-friendly laws. We are not required to store logs and have no mandatory data retention obligations. For more details, check our Transparency Report.
This allows us to protect the anonymity of all our 30 million Ghosties worldwide.
CyberGhost VPN is the ideal VPN solution for US citizens living in the country or traveling abroad. But with us as your VPN provider, you get much more than just a chance to unblock streaming services, watch sporting events or access websites.
Our CyberGhost VPN apps use military-grade 256-bit AES encryption standards, to make it impossible for the government intelligence agencies or Internet Service Providers to track your online activity.
You can count on our military-grade encryption, kill switch and DNS-leak protection. These features ensure you can keep your digital life safe. What’s more, we have a strict No logs policy in place.
We also provide our Ghosties with P2P servers and unlimited bandwidth to ensure that nothing will interrupt their downloads. And since our apps have an active kill switch function in place, they’ll never to worry about their ISPs catching them in the act.
The World Wide Web was built with no intention on limiting users and it is unfair to access only the sites and services that your ISP wants you to. CyberGhost VPN was designed with digital freedom in mind, which is why none of our servers have restrictions in place.
For more information on the importance of digital privacy and anonymity, head to our Privacy Hub.
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