So ATT wants to know the porn sites its users are watching in order to provide targeted ads, all while charging outrageous prices for access?

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AT&T wants to treat customers like lab rats; it’s yet another invasion of online privacy
[Via MacDailyNews]

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“What’s one piece of your privacy worth? About a dollar a day, suggests telecom giant AT&T,” Dan Gillmor writes for The Guardian. “The company’s latest internet service offering in Austin, Texas comes in two flavors. The company might as well call them the ‘some privacy’ and ‘no privacy’ services. The cheaper version gives customers a discount in return for being targeted more intrusively than ever by user-specific advertising.”

Gillmor writes, “Let me explain: the company’s Austin experiment is a test to see what a specific market will bear in highly specific conditions. AT&T is offering some Austin neighborhoods its ‘U-verse with GigaPower’ product, which comes in $99 per month “standard” and $70 per month ‘premier’ editions, the latter requiring an agreement to let AT&T ‘use your individual web browsing information, like the search terms you enter and the web pages you visit, to tailor ads and offers to your interests.’”

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What a horrible idea. And the prices are just way out of line. In Japan it is about $34 for these speeds. People in Hong Kong can already get gigabit internet for less than $26 a month! Yet ATT wants to charge $100 if you want any privacy.

That is for 1000 megabits a second. The average in the US is about 5 megabits a second. It is insane.  especially the “elt us see what you are doing so we can make more money off of it” approach. I wonder if ATT would prohibit anyone using aanonymizers such or Tor network?

At least ATT is trying to rip us off with faster internet access. Cable companies are not even doing that much.