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AT&T amends privacy policy to allow selling of user data

AT&T amends privacy policy to allow selling of aggregate data

| Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Jul 3, 2013 11:29 pm

AT&T has issued an update to its privacy policy that would allow the company to sell user data. The collected data would be in aggregate form. Marketers would love this data as it would help them target ads and gain a better understanding as to how users use their device. AT&T is allowing users to opt out of this data collection, which is better than some companies.

 

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This aggregate data is the same data that Facebook sells to advertisers to bring in their revenue. There isn't really any damage in AT&T selling this aggregate data, though concerned users can opt out. If you are worried that AT&T's data may not be completely anonymous or are concerned about your privacy, we recommend you take AT&T up on their offer to opt out.

 

You might be curious as to why AT&T didn't attempt this before. Part of the reason is that the older networking gear was proprietary and the data wasn't easily accessible. This same gear has caught the big data bug and its data is now much more accessible.

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