Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2012 21:18 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption As it turns out, new Verizon customers (although there are reports existing customers are getting notified too) have 30 days to opt out of something really nasty: Verizon will sell your browsing history and location history to marketers. Apparently, AT&T does something similar. Doesn't matter what phone - iOS, Android, anything. Incredibly scummy and nasty. I quickly checked my own Dutch T-Mobile terms, and they don't seem to be doing this.
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RE[5]: Wow...
by Alfman on Wed 10th Oct 2012 03:26 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Wow..."
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Morgan,

"Once again, it comes down to how much you trust the service provider."

Voted you up...unless all your traffic is encrypted, you have to trust your ISP & it's partners.

I attempted to play devil's advocate and find some dirt on comcast, but I didn't find much recently; I did find this tidbit a decade ago however:

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/cyber/tech/2002/02/13/comcast-p...

"Comcast, the nation's third-largest cable company, acknowledged this week that it is recording which Web pages each customer visits as part of a technology overhaul that it hopes will save money and speed up its network. The company said the move was not intended to infringe on privacy."

However amid political criticism, they've officially stopped tracking web requests.


There has been more recent criticism about comcast's use of DPI to block legit customer traffic, the feds intervened in that case, but it's arguable whether that fits under the classification of a "privacy" violation? It's kind of similar to having a mail man use some kind of xray to inspect the documents inside an envelope to determine the mail's priority. On the other hand, some people will argue the ISP should be entitled to shape traffic based on it's contents. My own view is that the ISP is to blame if they are over subscribing their service in the first place.

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