Globe To PLDT Update, Browsing Privacy

Hey, everyone! I am here again (I really just have to post this while it’s fresh in my mind) to let you know about what transpired yesterday. Warning though: This is going to be a looong post.

A few days ago, I posted about my plans on switching over from Globe DSL to PLDT DSL. This is due to the connection getting worse (7gb volume data allocation per day being maxed out, and plainly crappy connection)–which, by the way,  I think is somehow done on purpose (just an opinion/observation). While I was having a nap just yesterday afternoon, my husband received a call from a Globe representative from their Loyalty Department. He informed us that we’re in for some “treats” as rewards for being “loyal” customers 😂.
However, I find that the timing was really uncanny as here comes one dude letting us know about some “rewards” which, apparently, we’re eligible for, only a few days after I declared through my post that I’ve had enough of the sh*tty service.
First thought that came to mind was “Is Globe really going this far in monitoring all the outgoing traffic from my connection?” Well, had I not know about their “Fair Use Policy for Mobile and Broadband Service“, I wouldn’t have thought of it that way. The specific part of this policy that ticked me off is under “CONTENT PUBLISHING” section . The paragraph that says:

We are under no obligation to monitor transmissions or published content on the Service. However, we (or our agents) have the right to monitor such transmissions or published content from time to time to ensure that you are complying with the terms of this policy, and to disclose that content as required.

Say whatever you want (paranoid, feeler, whatever) about me. I know that there are a lot of subscribers (yes, it is that desperate in this country that people still choose to go with them even if it mostly sucks). You’d say it would take too much of their time to do that. Oh you just don’t know how many people make up their entire team. There could be a dedicated team to do just that: monitor outgoing traffic.

It’s not like I’m too much of a privacy freak (well, sort of), but the thing is, it totally made sense. They really are doing that. You can read about it through their Privacy Policy, in Article 3. Use of Customer Data. Though it’s an official document (it’s their policies), I still don’t think this is a good idea. If Globe can actually “see” what I’m posting from my connection with them, to what extent do they actually have access to?

Fine, you can say I should use VPN. I.am.so.over.that.shit. It makes the connection much worse than it already is. And besides, you wouldn’t really know who have access to VPN servers. At least if my connection is directly with Globe, and my private data somehow leaked, I know who I’d go after if something went wrong with my online accounts😈 (suck it up, Globe!).

Aaaand, that is the reason we chose to still stay with Globe. Aside from the fact that no one has called me yet about my application with PLDT (and I cancelled it already via email), we already have an existing connection which will just be upgraded.  I wouldn’t have to worry about the service not getting installed just because there’s no “slot” available. I do hope that when they upgrade our service, it will really be an “upgrade” from the crappy one we’re using now.

Jeez, that was long. Alright, back to my cave. See you again some time!