At Intermax we promise we will never sell your data. Ever.
April 5, 2017
Dear clients and friends,
This note is about you, your browsing data, and your privacy. It’s important because two days ago the president signed into law a repeal of consumer protections of Internet privacy.
Theoretically it benefits Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like ours. The repeal of the law would allow us to sell your browsing data if we wanted to – allowing us to make money on something that already exists, that we have access to, and if we sell it would make you a better target for other big companies looking to learn as much about you as possible.
I want you to know directly from me that Intermax announced today we will never sell client data. Period – end of story. Please see the attached press release which formally announced our position.
As I said in the press release I’m stunned at this change in the law. The only thing that’s clear is that it’s a major benefit to some of the biggest companies in the country – the major national cable companies and phone carriers (“Telcos”) who lobbied hard to win this.
Big “Telcos” will now have the explicit right to get access to their customers browsing and location data and use it and sell it to anyone who will buy it.
They may not care about your privacy, but we do. We are your neighbors in North Idaho and one of the many reasons we live here is because we value our privacy, our liberty, and that of our neighbors as well. Once you sell those things, there isn’t much left that can’t be sold.
I’ve read in some places that “…repealing this privacy rule doesn’t matter since there are so many other places where the big guys can get your personal information.” Maybe that’s true on some level, but we are taking a stand here and saying NO – not now, not ever. A business like ours needs to have the trust and confidence of our customers, and that’s why I wanted to write you directly.
The bottom line is we don’t work for those big companies – we work for you. We will never sell your data or information, and we’ll continue to try to provide competition for the Big “Telcos” who spent a lot of money to get this permission to sell your data and get a lot more.
Thank you as always for your business, and I expect you’ll hear more from us about this in the future!
President, Intermax Networks