Sunday, July 16, 2006

AT&T settles privacy lawsuit

In conclusion to a petition brought by the Electronic Privacy Information Center about the improper use of customer information for marketing purposes, the FCC has settled with AT&T to the tune of $500,000:

Electronic Privacy Information Center

AT&T Fined $550,000 for Privacy Failures

In a settlement (pdf) reached with the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T agreed to pay $550,000 in a case concerning consumer privacy. According to the settlement, AT&T may have improperly used customer data for marketing purposes. AT&T also agreed to improve procedures for opt-out notification. This investigation was prompted by an EPIC petition submitted to the FCC in August 2005. For more information, see FCC Commissioner Adelstein's statement (pdf) on the settlement and EPIC's Phone Records page. (Jul.11)

Via beSpacific.

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