AT&T May Begin Selling Anonymous Customer Web, App and Location Data
Customers can reportedly opt out of the program. AT&T claims "the new programs we are introducing will use aggregate and anonymous data to create marketing and analytics reports, and to allow us to deliver more relevant advertising to our customers."
Aggregate and Anonymous Data: This is data that can’t be tracked back to you individually. Here’s an easy example: After an election in your community, officials will release the final vote tally. They might say that 60 percent of the voters picked Candidate A and 40 percent picked Candidate B. That information is a type of aggregate and anonymous data. It’s “aggregate” because it combines information for the whole community telling you who the community as a whole voted for, and it is anonymous because the data doesn’t tell you who voted for which candidate. In the Internet world, aggregate and anonymous data can be used by retailers, advertisers and marketing companies to figure out what consumers want in a particular area. You benefit by having better products available and seeing advertising more relevant to your particular consumer segment
In order to opt-out, users must first log in to their AT&T account. From there, navigate to the Profile tab and then the Marketing Preferences Tab. At the very bottom you will see a link that says Update your privacy choices for External Marketing & Analytics reports. Press that and check the numbers you wish to opt out of. You can also try access the link below to opt out.
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