The internet is still the internet, with people, websites, and services available at all times and without a single network or platform that exists to protect consumers from unwanted or unauthorized access to information, such as credit card numbers, home addresses, and phone numbers.
As a result, internet users can easily be exposed to harmful content or conduct without permission.
As of this week, the US government and other US agencies have issued subpoenas for information about the content, operators, and vendors of websites that host or operate advertisements for online services, such a YouTube ad network, and news outlets that publish stories about the sites.
Advertisers have already begun to respond to these demands.
Adopting a “zero tolerance” approach to the problem would help protect consumers’ privacy, said Mark Krikorian, executive director of consumer protection organization Consumer Watchdog.
However, a zero tolerance approach has only served to make the internet more difficult for consumers to access and use.
Instead of protecting people from these sites and services, a blanket blanket ban would allow people to access websites or services that have been identified as a magnet for advertising, which would then serve as a filter on consumers’ online experiences.
“We’re not talking about some new-fangled surveillance system,” Krikorians said.
“Instead, we’re talking about a set of rules and regulations that have existed for years that would effectively shut down a whole range of legitimate services, including news websites and social media platforms, that serve a need for a safe environment to interact.”
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which operates the DNS, or Internet Domain Name System, says that it is currently working on new regulations that would address this problem.
The internet, however, has never been a safe space for the average person.
As we’ve reported previously, there have been many examples of internet users’ lives being violated and lives ruined online, including when they’ve been the victim of rape, domestic abuse, stalking, or murder.
In 2016, the FBI released an internal report that detailed numerous instances of sexual abuse and death on the internet.
In another 2016 report, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that nearly half of child sexual predators on the web were women.
“The internet is not the world’s safest place,” said Krikorenian.
“What we are seeing now is an escalation of this trend, where people are being harassed online and there are threats made against them.”
To combat this problem, ICANN is looking to “ensure the safety of all internet users,” according to a statement from the company.
ICANN says it is working to develop new guidelines for internet service providers to better protect their customers’ privacy and security.
The company’s statement also says that its work on this issue has been “focused on improving the user experience, including improving how people can access and share content and applications, while protecting against harmful cyber activity.”