Privacy has been a big topic lately, but it seems to always be a big topic. Especially in mobile with the NSA and PRISM listening on our calls. But AT&T is talking about anonymously selling user data to other businesses and this is falling under the “big data” movement we’ve seen lately.
Reports say AT&T will start selling wireless and wifi locations, web browsing stats, U-verse usage, mobile app downloads and usage as well as “other information”, we will be seeing some privacy. The carrier is stating that they will protect privacy of their customers by providing the data anonymously. Or even in aggregated data so these companies cannot identify anyone.
Last year, Verizon did this exact same thing and called the business Precision Market Insights. Facebook and Google have been doing this for years, and now it appears that AT&T will join in. But AT&T is going above and beyond what Verizon is doing. AT&T is sharing, wireless and wired information as well as U-verse TV customers data. So those that have AT&T for your wireless, wifi and TV, you’re getting all your data shared. And to think, we say Verizon is the worst carrier?