Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sun 18th Dec 2011 05:12 UTC
Bugs & Viruses AT&T has told the U.S. Congress that its customers agreed to host Carrier IQ tracking software on their cellphones in their contracts. You might recall that, after the scandal over warrentless surveillance broke in 2006, AT&T quietly changed their contract for internet service to say that it -- not its customers -- owns all the customers' internet records. Those concerned about privacy might consider whether AT&T merits their trust.
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by ilovebeer on Sun 18th Dec 2011 19:02 UTC
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Of course people don't read them. The average Joe doesn't know how to interpret the technical legal jargon, which is often times overly wordy to be intentionally discouraging. I have been in meetings where this exact topic was discussed. There is no shortage of companies willing to exploit (which is what it really is) peoples lack of knowledge and plain laziness. Confuse them enough and they will concede to whatever.

One thing is certain, you shouldn't need to hire a lawyer to go over a cell phone contract with you... As a customer, this stuff completely disgusts me.

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