[sf-lug] privacy concerns re phone-teevee-internet combo packages

jim stockford jim at well.com
Wed Sep 12 19:04:16 PDT 2007

    The LA Times has an interesting article that claims
"all-you-can-eat packages of voice, video, and internet
services may be convenient, but they represent a
potentially significant threat to people's privacy."
    "Internet, TV, phone -- it's hard to imagine a more
revealing glimpse of your private life."

    Review the phone calls, television programs, and
internet services you've used in the last day or two:
how does this list make you look?
    Do you think the companies aggregating your data
would be interested in selling the info to other parties?
    The contracts the companies offer their customers
favor the companies' use of the data.

'Near the very bottom of Time Warner's privacy policy, the
company discloses that it maintains personally identifiable
info about people "as long as you are a subscriber and up
to 15 additional years." This, it says, is for tax and accounting


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