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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A new compulsory class in schools
by rebel787 on Sun 18th Dec 2011 12:19 UTC
rebel787
Member since:
2007-01-13

Maybe we need separate contracts(the bill + privacy contracts)... and clear to understand ;)
If this happens it will feel less sneaky.

Anyways... like computer science, some kind of law class seems to be fitting as a compulsory subject.

OSNews readers are much more informed and let me say thanks ;)

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

rebel787,

I'm not sure I've understood who your proposing the class is for? For us as consumers? Or for those who write up the agreements?

If it's the later, then I don't think it's an education problem - they know exactly what they're putting in the agreements and they take advantage of the fact that most people won't read them and can't understand them.

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rebel787 Member since:
2007-01-13

rebel787,

I'm not sure I've understood who your proposing the class is for? For us as consumers? Or for those who write up the agreements?

If it's the later, then I don't think it's an education problem - they know exactly what they're putting in the agreements and they take advantage of the fact that most people won't read them and can't understand them.


I was thinking more broadly and on two levels... or maybe more grassroots level.

1. Now. Give me two documents to sign. Clearly explained.
2. Inform the kids.

Thom's been informing us, with unwavering energy.
The issues raised defines this and future generations.
I'm South African and computer science/lectures are not compulsary in shools. Sad.
Along with compulsary computer lessons would be the new course: Software Legal Crap 101.
Also compulsary for the kids ;)

Think about the youth my friends. Think about the youth.

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