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[7]: Wow...
by ilovebeer on Thu 11th Oct 2012 03:05 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Wow..."
ilovebeer
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2011-08-08

Not sure where you stand in the US, but in the UK there are watch dogs like Trading Standards. If it's deemed that a company is deliberately misleading consumers (eg Comcast cleverly wording their agreement so customers are tricked into thinking no browsing data will be sold), then the offending company will be penalised.

There are several groups that attempt to watchdog on behalf of users/customers but the truth is the chance of any significant fine or punishment is so low that many companies blatantly push their luck, if not outright doing exactly what they're not supposed to. And then our "justice" system is such that it's possible to drag things out for years & years, until people lose interest or forget about it.

When the worst you're likely to get, if anything, is a slap on the hand, it's pretty easy to misbehave.

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