At CR we always keep our eyes peeled for marketplace issues that threaten core consumer principles like fairness, value, and privacy. Traditionally, that has meant raising the alarm when industries engage in unfair pricing practices or when companies play fast and loose with your personal information. But as more of our everyday purchases, our social conversations, and even our major life decisions take place online, it's vital that consumers have a partner they can trust working to ensure that the same values we've always fought to instill in auto plants, grocery aisles, product development labs, and factory floors are being upheld in the digital world as well.

This month we're taking a hard look at a new wave of consumer issues that have big implications for the security and fairness of your daily online experience. What is net neutrality, and how could it affect what you get for your money online? If you don't know, you're not alone. That's why we're walking you through the latest news and public sentiment—more than 60 percent of Americans support net neutrality protections—and explaining what the stakes are when it comes to internet speeds and fair prices. We're also taking a look at online privacy rules that prevent cable companies and other internet service providers from sharing and selling your private data—another concern that has undergone a dramatic change of course in recent months. After decades of equipping you with the trustworthy information you need to navigate the physical marketplace, Consumer Reports wants to work with you to build a digital marketplace we can all trust—so that whether you are online or off, you can make the best choices for you and your family.

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the August 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.