Thursday, June 22, 2006

Privacy policy

Any information you submit they can use however they want. What they promise is not to give your information out to anyone they are not doing business with.

You'll get a letter in the mail but instead of Ed's picture on it it has bush. And the words you may already have won a rendition. Sharing information among businesses is old hat. They tell each other when they find somebody who has money. And since it is business they share that information for a price. And of course niche businesses opened up to collect information and sell it to whoever will pay for it.

We could always be tracked our transaction information was always available. If you don't want to be, use fake id. The thing is nobody is talking about what BushCo. hopes to do by collecting all this information on the people of the U.S. And I say all these accidentally stolen personal data stories have something to do with it too.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T - news) said on Wednesday it was revising its privacy policy, explaining to customers that it owns their phone records and can hand them over to law enforcers if necessary.

The changes take effect on Friday and come at a time when AT&T and other phone companies face lawsuits claiming they aided a U.S. government domestic spying program by giving the National Security Agency call records of millions of customers without their permission.

AT&T said the updated policy was aimed at helping customers understand its practices better and does not change how it treats customer information.

The new policy, unlike the old one, spells out the fact that AT&T owns its customers data. It says that customer information constitutes "business records that are owned by AT&T. As such, AT&T may disclose such records to protect its legitimate business interests, safeguard others, or respond to legal process."

The earlier policy had simply said that, aside from normal business operations such as billing and service provisioning, the company could share customer information to "respond to subpoenas, court orders or other legal process, to the extent required and/or permitted by law," as well as to "to establish or exercise" its legal rights.

Under the new policy, which was being mailed out to AT&T's more than 7 million Internet customers, the company also said that it would track viewing information for customers of a television service it is developing in order to help it make recommendations to customers based on their viewing habits.

It also said that before customers use its services they must agree to the policy, an element that was not in its previous guidelines.

Spokesman Michael Coe said the company, which was formed in November by the merger of AT&T Corp. and SBC Communications Inc., had been working on the new policy for the last six months.

"We are not changing how we treat customer information," said Coe. "We updated our policy to make the language clearer and easier for our customers to understand."

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