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Advocacy groups say AT&T violated Communications Act by selling records to CIA

Advocacy groups say AT&T violated Communications Act by selling records to CIA

A lot of technology companies, social networks, and wireless carriers are under fire from consumer advocacy groups for selling or sharing private consumer data on phone calls and online habits with the federal government. A group of consumer advocacy firms led by a company called Public Knowledge filed a petition this week with the FCC. The petition hopes to get the FCC to say that AT&T violated a privacy rule in the Communications Act.

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AT&T wants to buy your privacy with its gigabit internet service

AT&T wants to buy your privacy with its gigabit internet service

AT&T is offering to trade permission to track internet browsing in return for a cut on DSL subscription fees, infuriating privacy advocates in the process. The offer, part of AT&T's gigabit fiber broadband rollout, offers potential subscribers "AT&T Internet Preferences" as part of their U-Verse with GigaPower service, which allows the company to dig into individual browsing information - such as searches and webpages visited - so that it can tailor adverts and offers accordingly.

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AT&T CEO says phone subsidies can’t continue

AT&T CEO says phone subsidies can’t continue

Mobile phone users in the US tend to hate being tied to a two year contract, but many really appreciate the massive subsidies they get on new smartphones with that contract. You can buy the latest smartphones outright and not have a contract, but the price is several times that of the subsidized cost. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says that these big subsidies can’t continue.

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US telecoms sold 1.1 million cell records to law enforcement in 2012

US telecoms sold 1.1 million cell records to law enforcement in 2012

The major US telecoms delivered at minimum 1.1 million cell phone records to law enforcement at all levels of government in 2012. The records include voicemail and text content. The telecoms earned $26 million from the transactions. Many of the fulfilled information requests legally required no warrant, no subpoena, and no probable cause. These and other irresistible revelations come compliments of US Sen. Edward Markey, whose voluminous correspondence with the involved telecoms revealed the information. They include US Cellular, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA, Leap Wireless/Cricket Communications, MetroPCS, Verizon, AT&T and C Spire Wireless.

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Unlocked iPhone 5s availability begins in USA off-contract

Unlocked iPhone 5s availability begins in USA off-contract

The iPhone 5s has been available for several months now inside the United States, and here near the end of November of 2013 we're seeing the first push of an unlocked, off-contract iteration of the smartphone. This device has been available off-contract inside the USA previous to today, but until now we've not seen the fully SIM-free iteration of the device.

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