Feeds

AT&T retroactively adjusts privacy policy

What we meant to say is, you don't have any

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Effectively exposed as a subcontractor for the National Security Agency's data harvesting program, AT&T has chosen now to impose a new privacy policy on its subscribers.

In place of a promise that AT&T would only disclose phone records to "respond to subpoenas, court orders or other legal process, to the extent required and/or permitted by law", comes a much more loosely worded qualification.

In the revised version AT&T says it "may disclose such records to protect its legitimate business interests, safeguard others, or respond to legal process."

A class action lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation against AT&T alleges that the company opened 300 TB of caller information to the NSA, in violation of confidentiality agreements with customers. The case continues in a San Francisco court tomorrow.

AT&T also wants the right to record and track its subscribers TV viewing habits, a right afforded to TiVO but denied to cable companies.

An AT&T spokesman told the San Francisco Chronicle's David Lazerus that "our goal was to make the policy easier to read and easier for customers to understand." And harder for them to sue AT&T. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network
Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA
Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU
And hey - no need to tell the website you've de-listed. That'll make it easier ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.