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AT&T and privacy: the backlash begins

AT&T and privacy: the backlash begins

Yesterday, AT&T announced changes to its privacy policy that would make the Bell the owner of any personal data you've submitted to it--meaning it can cheerfully do whatever it wants with that data without asking your permission, in case you weren't too clear on the implications. By the bye, it'll also track your viewing habits when you're watching its Internet-based cable television service. Nice, huh? Today, the you-know-what started to hit the fan, and privacy advocates have started to agitate about the fairly obvious concerns inherent in AT&T foisting a privacy policy onto citizens who must agree to it in order to continue their service. I'd sort of like to test that little theory...or at least I would if I weren't so busy switching over to cell-phone-only living.