Internet Providers Quietly Test Expanded Tracking of Web Use to Target Advertising

The online behavior of a small but growing number of computer users in the United States is monitored by their Internet service providers, who have access to every click and keystroke that comes down the line.

The companies harvest the stream of data for clues to a person's interests, making money from advertisers who use the information to target their online pitches.

The practice represents a significant expansion in the ability to track a household's Web use because it taps into Internet connections, and critics liken it to a phone company listening in on conversations. But the companies involved say customers' privacy is protected because no personally identifying details are released.

The extent of the practice is difficult to gauge because some service providers involved have declined to discuss their practices. Many Web surfers, moreover, probably have little idea they are being monitored.
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I love the ISPs. Every opportunity they get they are screwing customers. Comcast blocks people using 'too much bandwidth.' AOL leaks search user data. AT&T helps NSA illegally wiretap people. Now they are logging every action you make remotely to serve better ads. Don't get me wrong, targeting ads is what makes many websites profitable but there is a fine line between willingly divulging information by visiting a website I choose and my ISP monitoring every piece of data coming from my computer without my permission. Our privacy just keeps eroding, I really wonder when it will stop eroding? Will we have any left?