Not only on the part of Molly, but in forum discussion with Tom I have noticed an extreme anti-phone company bias.
Having worked for a phone company (not AT&T) I have seen the kinds of data we are talking about. In the business it is called 'CDR' for Call Detail Record. It is data that is created by the 'switch' (think of a 'switch' as a huge server) and is used by the phone company for billing and for network analysis.
The CDRs contain info about what station called what other station, how the call was routed, how long the call lasted, and if any special services were utilized.
I do not view this data as private data. The raw data is never seen by the consumer. A derivative of that data in seen after it has been processed for billing purposes, yes. But it isn't "your" data, it is data created by the telecom 'switch' for their purposes.
I view data about your telecom and internet 'behaviour' as public data. To me, you 'leave' the sanctity of your privacy when you go 'outside' your residence, be that in physical from or electronic. Data about what I do on my LAN in my house I consider private as it never leaves my residence. But once I put myself 'on the internet' or 'across the phone lines' it is like I have left my residence and am now traversing a public pathway.
Cops do not need a warrant to 'stake out' your house and observer your comings and goings. I do not think it is a violation of 'privacy' to observe your electronic 'coming and goings' either.
Why does Molly hate them so? Come on they are not stealing everything. And the whole phone data stuff? If you have nothing to hide, why are we all so concerned? Shouldn't we be happy that they are helping prevent crime?