1. Ma Bell Knows Best
(T - Get Report) just wants to share.
AT&T says the new statement continues its practice of not sharing customer data with third parties for marketing purposes. But the
San Francisco Chronicle notes that AT&T grants itself greater latitude to share with the government.
If that rings a bell, it's because just last month AT&T and other big phone companies came under attack for reportedly
over to the feds. A lawsuit by a privacy rights group contends that AT&T has given the National Security Agency real-time access to Internet communications.
reports, AT&T is going a step further. The new policy advises Internet and video subscribers that AT&T plans to track their viewing habits. AT&T also lays claim to the use of customer data "to protect its legitimate business interests, safeguard others or respond to legal process."
Safeguarding others is no doubt AT&T's top priority, just as
(VZ - Get Report)
mission is to
thwart fiendish terrorists
. AT&T tells the
The New York Times
the policy changes aim to purge the privacy statement of legalese.
But what AT&T's new privacy statement really cuts down on is privacy.
Dumb-o-Meter score: 93. Maybe AT&T just wants independent confirmation that there's
57 channels and nothin' on
To view Colin Barr's video take on AT&T's entry in Five Dumbest this week,