ISP Track?

By Exhonour
Jun 20, 2009
  1. Can your ISP track what you do on the internet like what you download, etc.?
    My teacher told me her husband got an email from from their provider asking why they were downloading a full movie. I thought it was bullshit but I dunno cuz my ISP has a service that shows how much you have downloaded out of the limit (60 gigs), so how do they get that?

    Sorry I did not know if this was the right forum to ask.
  2. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    If you're referring to "quantity", then It would be a Yes. I suspect there was a little more detail to that 'email' and even the possibility that it might not have even come from the ISP! Downloading an entire movie requires the use of more bandwidth that say half a movie. But again, I don't think you have all the information.

    Some ISPs have limited bandwidth plans, where the user can download 'x' amount over a specific period like a month.

    If you're referring to "quality" such as what was the name of the movie, I suppose they could, if they are logging a user- I don't know that for a fact.

    What exactly is it "you" want to know?
  3. Exhonour

    Exhonour TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    I am just curious about all these stories on the internet about how your internet service provide can track EVERYTHING about your internet usage, including e-mails and downloads.

    Oh and why did you refer to me as "you" in the quotes? :O Do you think I'm writing this about myself? :p
  4. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    because you then said
    There are 4 people/systems referred to above. It is their situation. I was uncertain as to exactly what information you, yourself wanted to know about what your teacher told her husband that he got an email from their provider.

    If you're not aware of it, you should know that there is very little privacy on the internet. Start with all those "automatic updates" you get! And it is my thought that the ISP is the least of the worries about who is privy to your business!
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