Walter Brasch said it well: “The government’s knowledge of the lives of individuals is little more than the equivalent to a children’s coloring book compared to the library that private companies have on everyone.”
Today, AT&T — the corporation that employs unfunny, phony kindergartners acting scriptedly silly to make the radically false claim that its services are somehow better than those of its fellow bloated, crappy, vastly overpriced, marketing-intensive capitalist telecom oligopolies — admitted it is plunging fully into the private spying game. Per Engadget:
In an update on its Public Policy Blog, AT&T disclosed that it may [TCT ed: “may” — ROFL!] begin selling anonymous user data to retailers and marketers, with the end goal being “to deliver more relevant advertising to… customers.” The carrier is far from the first to sell aggregate information — here’s looking at you, Verizon — but the provider is unique in combining data on TV, WiFi and wireless usage. The company said it could also provide aggregate info about users’ app usage and U-Verse info.
For any souls unlucky enough — ala your faithful TCT editor — to labor under this particular profit fief, here is the home for opting out.
(Behold the difficulty of many of the “available” opt-outs!)