Tech Talk: AT&T to sell some customer data

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by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 12:37 PM

HOUSTON -- Information about the websites you visit and the apps you use could soon be up for grabs by the highest bidder.

Last week AT&T announced plans to cash in on some of the data the company collects from its customers. Companies like Verizon, Facebook, and Google have all done the same thing in the past.

AT&T says some of the data up for sale includes wireless phone locations, Wi-Fi locations, mobile app usage, U-Verse usage, and website browsing habits. If there’s any good news to take away from it, AT&T promises this data will be anonymous, and sometimes it will be grouped with data from other customers.

This means your name and your personal info will not be included with the data. Some privacy advocates still say it's wrong, however.

AT&T has set up a website for its customers so they can manage their privacy choices and ‘opt-out’ of the external marketing data share: http://att.com/cmpchoice

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