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Re: ISP monitoring your activity
From David Peterson Harvey at The Hidden Art on 21 Jan '00
replying to Re: ISP monitoring your activity posted by Inachu

While this is technically true, most ISPs keep their people so busy that they barely have time to go to the bathroom, let alone look at what you're doing.
You're right, they can and will investigate what you are doing if they suspect you of illegal activity.
When I first set up our account, I didn't know what spamming was, and learned the hard way. Then, some friends and I got into using nonexistent email addresses to play jokes on each other. My ISP saw that and called me down for some things I hadn't done. Namely, making threats to someone else using a false return address. After doing some groveling, and proving I didn't even know the person receiving the threats, they decided not to pursue it further.
So, boys and girls, be good for goodness sake. You better watch out, better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why. The ISP is coming to town. ;-)

>They will only do that kind of stuff if you are doing anything illegal and are under investigation...
>But they can do it at any time they like to for training purposes and such.
>They(your ISP) can learn the following.
>What phone number you are using.
>What modem you are dialing into.
>What kind of computer you have.
>What browser you are using.
>What IP addresses you visit.
>What files you download.
>And with any type of legal action being done they can
>record and read your email.
>Thats why you should use the free email service at
>I believe its the same with newsgroups.
>>How much personal activity information can an individual's ISP monitor?
>>Does the ISP have the ability to see every URL the client visits?
>>If the ISP is also the news server, can they monitor all the
>>client's newsgroup activity?

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