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AT&T (T) has updated its privacy policy to give it the right to sell anonymous data about...

AT&T (T) has updated its privacy policy to give it the right to sell anonymous data about its users' locations and browsing/app activity to third parties. Potential buyers include marketers, retailers, research firms, and government agencies. Though privacy advocates can't be thrilled, Ma Bell and other U.S. carriers see a multi-billion-dollar opportunity enabled by the mobile data boom and the development of more powerful big data/analytics platforms. Verizon (VZ) launched its Precision Market Insights division last October to address the opportunity.
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  • Jef1f
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    You're not just a customer of AT&T, you're also a data point.
    5 Jul 2013, 05:23 PM Reply Like
  • Morrison International Acco...
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    News Flash. Every company does it, despite what they tell you. Hackers do it also and sell it. There is no police in cyberspace, it is really the wild wild west.

     

    NEXT story.
    5 Jul 2013, 07:09 PM Reply Like
  • joanofark06
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    Why am I not surprised?
    6 Jul 2013, 02:09 AM Reply Like
  • Grumpyoldcoot
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    It sure is the wild west. My wife and I are constantly bombarded by "outside the area" calls. We pick up the phone and are met with silence. Our caller ID has been circumvented so that we can't find out who the caller is. This goes on all day long. Comcast is our carrier, not AT&T.

     

    The FCC surely must know about this crap, but so far can't (or won't) do anything about it.
    7 Jul 2013, 11:42 AM Reply Like
  • Veritas1010
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    We live in an age of no privacy.

     

    The assumption that privacy whether constitutionally derived or social-culturally extended is inherent in our daily lives is abrogated by all means of electronic surveillance either to sell you something or watch you.

     

    Some people believe the means justify the ends, after all doesn't modernity just embrace social media? Others except it as a pragmatic thing, a convenience for computers to suggest other things we may want or need. In the end no one should assume the lack of control in ones' privacy will come to a neat and natty little halt when we individually awaken and find our privacy continually transgressed (and accepted as the norm) - where liberty, freedom of thought and individual responsibility are non-existent in human endeavors.

     

    I advance that you read "Anthem" by Ayn Rand. Though fictional, (for now), the author cogently raises the question of outcomes in a society that rejects principals that are arguably inimical to a civil, prosperous (at least intellectually) and free society.
    7 Jul 2013, 02:49 PM Reply Like
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