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President Obama calls for new federal laws on data security

President Obama calls for new federal laws on data security

President Obama thinks you should be protected if you’re connected. On Monday, the President called for the passing of the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, which would require you to be notified within 30 days if a company you did business with as a consumer or professionally were breached. Secondly, the President wants access to your credit score to be simpler so you can manage your credit data should a hacker wreak havoc on your financial standing, giving you an early start on fixing the problems.

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AT&T has a rollover data scheme, too (it’s just not as good as T-Mobile)

AT&T has a rollover data scheme, too (it’s just not as good as T-Mobile)

The last time we heard from T-Mobile, they were offering up rollover data via their ongoing ‘Uncarrier’ initiative. It was (and is) a stellar idea, but we wondered if any other carriers would be bold enough to follow suit. AT&T is on board, and has announced their version of shared data for subscribers, which will launch later this month. According to the carrier, 50 million customers will immediately feel the benefits. Sadly, they didn’t meet T-Mobile’s 10GB free ‘banked’ data.

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T-Mobile Data Stash — what you need to know

T-Mobile Data Stash — what you need to know

T-Mobile rolled out Data Stash today, which lets you roll your data over month-to-month, and just sounds super awesome. It is, too, at least at first blush. There’s not much trickery, here, but the wizard of data (I literally just made that up) John Legere is now firmly staking claim that data is important, and we want more of it. Is Data Stash all its cracked up to be, though? We examine the nuances of T-Mobile’s killer concept so you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into -- if you're even eligible.

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T-Mobile rolls out ‘Data Stash’, rolls data over month-to-month

T-Mobile rolls out ‘Data Stash’, rolls data over month-to-month

Wow. That’s what we have to say right now about Uncarrier 8 from T-Mobile. Starting soon, T-Mobile customers can roll their data over month to month. Rather than have to pick your plan and hope for the best -- or worse, throttle yourself and how you use your phone to avoid extra charges -- T-Mobile is letting their “post-paid” customers roll data over month to month. In addition to all the other Uncarrier moves T-Mobile has made recently, it’s getting much more difficult to argue against having them as your service provider.

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AT&T still slows unlimited plans, even when they don’t need to

AT&T still slows unlimited plans, even when they don’t need to

Data throttling is not a new concept, nor is it really an industry secret. Just about all carriers do it on unlimited plans, with the aim of keeping data hogs from choking the life out of bandwidth the proposed reason. AT&T claims to throttle when networks are congested, but a new report suggests that’s not always the case. As carriers try to move you away from unlimited data, these new findings show they might stop at nothing, but slow you down considerably.

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FCC: T-Mobile to show honest stats on speed tests

FCC: T-Mobile to show honest stats on speed tests

With most data plans, throttling is something we all have to live with. At some point in the month, you might hit a threshold that downshifts your downloads, but to what extent? Most are left guessing at why that video won’t load, frustrated by the entire experience. Today, the FCC announces that T-Mobile has agreed to provide a clearer picture on what throttling means for you, and will release accurate details on throttled customer data speeds, rather than potential speeds your device isn’t getting.

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T-Mobile makes Google Music free to stream with 26 other services

T-Mobile makes Google Music free to stream with 26 other services

This week T-Mobile is bringing the heat with an extension on their Music Freedom service which allows users to stream music without added data costs. That means that the music service you use to stream music - the app that probably uses the MOST data on your device - will no longer be counted against your data costs for the month with T-Mobile. This is a service that no other mobile carrier offers at this time - not on the ground, that is to say.

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AT&T to stop tracking mobile Internet use

AT&T to stop tracking mobile Internet use

AT&T customers were probably totally, blissfully unaware they were being tracked by the carrier. In attaching a unique identifier to your mobile Internet activity, AT&T was culling all kinds of data about what sites you visited, and what apps you use. The tracking number was untouchable, too, and left users without the ability to delete it. At AT&T spokesperson now says the tracking scheme “has been phased out” of their network, but it could come back in the future.

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US DOJ accused of stealing cellphone data via “dirtyboxes”

US DOJ accused of stealing cellphone data via “dirtyboxes”

A troubling new report suggest the Department of Justice has been engaging in a practice that gave them data from your smartphone, but it’s not what you might think. Rather than wiretaps and hacking, the DOJ is instead accused of flying overhead with a device that spoofed a signal tower your carrier would have. In fooling your phone into thinking it was simply searching for a signal, the DOJ was pinching the data from it. The reason given? The never-ending hunt for criminals.

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Apple questioned by FTC over HealthKit data

Apple questioned by FTC over HealthKit data

Apple’s HealthKit may be ahead of the curve when it comes to platforms and data gathering from multiple sources, and the FTC wants to know how Apple will handle the data we give up. According to Reuters, Apple has been approached by the FTC in a fact-finding mission to discover how our health-related data will be used. More importantly, the FTC wants to know the data is secure, and won’t be sold to any third-parties along the way.

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