Is Your ISP Tracking Downloads?

A better question might be whether or not the ISP is tracking your every move online.  At this point that would not be surprising in the least.  In terms of downloads the Copyright Alert System went into motion earlier this week.  Customers of leading ISP’s like AT&T, Comcast, Cablevision, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon are already being tracked.  Any copyright violations will result in progressive steps to enforce the system.

Online Privacy

What happened to online privacy?  Tracking downloads is concerning enough but that’s likely just another step in the downward spiral.  You’re ISP can also track lots of other information.  Which websites you visit and who your communicating with via email.  If you use a search engine like Google then all your searches are kept in a database as well.  Most of the information is being tracked using your IP address.

What is an IP Address?

We’ll share the answer in non-technical terms.  Think of an IP address like you would your home address.  It serves the same purpose.  A street address can be used to pinpoint the physical location.  An IP address is used to track your presence online.  It can be used to identify the related Internet connection.  Your IP address certainly comes into play when ISP’s are tracking your downloads for copyright enforcement.

Here are some additional resources to learn more about the Copyright Alert System:

Our privacy concerns go well beyond the anti-piracy groups.  They are just the ones in the spotlight right now.  Whether on an open WiFi connection or accessing through your local ISP there are always privacy risks.  Visit for tips to help protect yourself online.  Follow us @VPNSP for the latest news and updates.