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 Jul 5 - AT&T joins Verizon, Facebook in selling customer data
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AT&T has announced that it will begin selling customers’ smart phone data to the highest bidder, putting the telecommunications giant in line with Verizon, Facebook and other competitors that quietly use a consumer's history for marketing purposes.

The company claims its new privacy policy, to be updated within “the next few weeks,” exists to “deliver more relevant advertising” to users based on which apps they use and their location, which is provided by GPS-tracking. Apparently recognizing the natural privacy concerns a customer might have, AT&T a.ssured the public that all data would be aggregated and made anonymous to prevent individual identification.

A letter to customers, for instance, described how someone identified as a movie fan will be sent personalized ads for a nearby cinema.

“People who live in a particular geographic area might appear to be very interested in movies, thanks to collective information that shows wireless devices from that area are often located in the vicinity of movie theaters,” the letter states. “We might create a 'movie' characteristic for that area, and deliver movie ads to the people who live there.”

A June 28 blog post from AT&T’s chief privacy officer Bob Quinn said the new policy will focus on “Providing You Service and Improving Our Network and Services,” but the online reaction has been overwhelmingly negative, with many customers looking for a way to avoid the new conditions.

“You require that we allow you to store a persistent cookie of your choosing in our web browsers to opt out,” one person wrote. “No mention of how other HTTP clients, such as email clients, can opt out. If you really did care about your customers, you would provide a way for us to opt out all traffic to/from our connection and mobile devices in one easy setting.”

One problem for any customer hoping for a new service is the lack of options, smartphone or otherwise. Facebook, Google, Twitter and Verizon each store consumer data for purposes that have not yet been made clear. And because of the profit potential that exists when a customer blindly trusts a company with their data, small Internet start-ups, including AirSage and many others, have developed a way to streamline information into dollars.

The nefarious aspect of AT&T’s announcement is underscored by the recent headlines around the National Security Agency, which has spent years has compelling wireless corporations to hand over data collected on millions of Americans. Unfortunately for the privacy of those concerned, AT&T’s new policy may only be a sign of things to come.

“Instead of merely offering customers a trusted conduit for communication, carriers are coming to see subscribers as sources of data that can be mined for profit, a practice more common among providers of free online services like Google and Facebook,” the Wall Street Journal wrote about the matter in May.

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Good think i just switched to Solavei where i only pay $49 for unlimited everything. at&t was robbing me.
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Just opted out, I'm good
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MochaWhitey said:
Just opted out, I'm good
How do I opt out?
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How do I opt out?
how do i opt out
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hush956 said:
Good think i just switched to Solavei where i only pay $49 for unlimited everything. at&t was robbing me.
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Capitalism!
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hush956 said:
Good think i just switched to Solavei where i only pay $49 for unlimited everything. at&t was robbing me.
show me a screen shot of your internet speeds
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hush956 said:
Good think i just switched to Solavei where i only pay $49 for unlimited everything. at&t was robbing me.
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StuNNa said:
show me a screen shot of your internet speeds
I dont have a smartphone stunna. I have the HTC Freestlyle. But there are many speed tests on youtube for solavei look it up. See if it works out for you. I was paying $90 at at&t for this non smartphone to save money and it was still too much. If you like it pm me and ill send you a free sim card in the mail cause solavei charges $9 for it. When you sign up you also get a debit card in the mail where they pay you monthly for referring people.

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Magnificent Phoenix said:
How do I opt out?
AT&T offers an opt-out. You can manage your privacy preferences at
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this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the death of privacy
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Heard people making thousands per month promoting this service sign up and enjoy the rewards its 100% legit.


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republic wireless 19.99 per month unlimited talk/text/internet
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SKEME said:
Heard people making thousands per month promoting this service sign up and enjoy the rewards its 100% legit.


Dont just go to solavei.com it will take to a random sponser. BX only sponser is me. and i will help you guys out if you have questions.
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Taste Maker said:
republic wireless 19.99 per month unlimited talk/text/internet
I never heard of that one but what you need a special phone?


What phones work with Republic?
A certified Republic Wireless phone is required for membership, because our unique Wi-Fi Hybrid Calling technology is built in. We're currently offering one smartphone device — the Motorola DEFY XT.



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messy marv stan said:
this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the death of privacy
Bit these businesses are doing it in the name of the dollar so its all good.

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