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Thread: Is your online activity monitored by your broadband provider?

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    Are you being watched online?

    Many broadband users wonder whether their broadband provider is monitoring and recording their online activity. We get the facts.

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    Ouch MTN, me changes providers....

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    you're wasting your time switching. South Africa's anti-terrorism laws, like many other countries, mean that a lot is monitored and everyone who wants a comm license has to. Just nothing is done about it unless needed or flagged as suspicious. And I'm pretty much convinced that MTN thing is a hoax anyway.
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    Well, with all this uncapped offerings I can't see how I am going to stay with MTN much longer anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpm View Post
    Are you being watched online?

    Many broadband users wonder whether their broadband provider is monitoring and recording their online activity. We get the facts.
    For 3G Usage based services I would hope that the ISP (MTN, Vodacom etc) do record the surfing history.
    Say a company gets a data bill for R33,000 on one of its phones.
    Do they blindly accept it and pay or do they request proof that the user used that qty of data?
    Of course the latter is the case.

    Same as a voice bill. Surely you want to know who you called to validate your bill?

    So I think the question is phrased incorrectly.
    Of course they need to record the details.
    Its what they do with the details that's important.
    If they look at details without a reason thats wrong. If they disclose it to anyone other than the account holder (w/o a court order) thats wrong

    Of course with uncapped the need to record drops.

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    I know that many ISP's log and monitor everything.
    However, many will do nothing about it.
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    “When a client complained to MTN about his massive bill the company threatened to expose the fact that he had been surfing porn sites
    Expose to who?

    This accusation aimed at MTN raises concerns about privacy protection, and further begs the question as to whether local broadband providers are monitoring the online activities of subscribers and are willing to divulge such information.
    Come on guys, get the usage of this right - http://begthequestion.info/

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    If that call was recorded, I'd take MTN to court. BTW Get yourself a program called Killer Mobile Total Recall... it records calls on your cell, exactly for this purpose!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gdiza View Post
    I know that many ISP's log and monitor everything.
    However, many will do nothing about it.
    but it is illegal for them to monitor it, and they must have allot of time on their hands to monitor every thing everyone browses.....

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    Cell companies does not monitor usage, but they do keep it for 3 months online and I think a year offline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biscuit1018 View Post
    For 3G Usage based services I would hope that the ISP (MTN, Vodacom etc) do record the surfing history.
    Say a company gets a data bill for R33,000 on one of its phones.
    Do they blindly accept it and pay or do they request proof that the user used that qty of data?
    Of course the latter is the case.

    Same as a voice bill. Surely you want to know who you called to validate your bill?

    So I think the question is phrased incorrectly.
    Of course they need to record the details.
    Its what they do with the details that's important.
    If they look at details without a reason thats wrong. If they disclose it to anyone other than the account holder (w/o a court order) thats wrong

    Of course with uncapped the need to record drops.
    I dont think you understand that MTN is one of the biggest bandwidth providers in Africa! We are talking about 1000's of companies using their network infrastucture up in Africa so that they dont use fail VSats. Its not just for phones.

    My company is using their Adsl accounts

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwaggawerner View Post
    If that call was recorded, I'd take MTN to court. BTW Get yourself a program called Killer Mobile Total Recall... it records calls on your cell, exactly for this purpose!
    Sorry to tell you this but you will fail. South African law says a voice recording is ONLY valid in a court of law if the party being recorded was informed of this. If you secretly record them and the recording does not have proof of you saying you are recording them it cannot be used in a court of law.

    That is why most IVR's at companies warn you when you call their call-centers that the calls are recorded, if they did not do this their recordings have no legal backing. Same applies to a consumer recording a call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ben dover View Post
    Peerguardian FTW!
    but doesnt peerguardian only work for p2p?, and your ISP can still monitor?

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