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Some mobile phone service providers have started selling your personal data to the highest bidder, and not just to advertising firms. Such information could be extremely useful to third party companies looking to develop new businesses in your area.
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I'm not agains't information gathering, but this is unethical, they aren't even asking their clients to use that data, even worse they are making profit out of it, I don't even see how does the goverment let the companies get way with this, I wouldn't be agains't it if they did the right and ethical way.
Edited by Deacon - 11/2/11 at 2:30pm
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post #2 of 20
It angers me as well.
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Meh. Even more reason to go off the grid.

-.- telcos -.-
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I thought everyone knew companies sold data for profit?
    
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This is new? This has been happening for years. As long as it doesn't hurt me anyway it is fine by me.

I just think we should be cut in on the deal. Like a "sign here so we can sell your information" and then you get a discount on your services. I don't like a companies making money off of me twice.
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To be honest as long as they truly anonymize the information first, don't sell to government agencies, and clearly disclose the fact that they are doing it then I don't really mind.

Now if they are selling my name, social security number, etc. with my phone usage information and/or don't disclose they are doing this than I have a big problem with it.
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CNN gives a good example of how your data could be sold and used. If a small business owner wanted to open a new pet store, said owner could buy a marketing report from Verizon for a certain city or area. The report could reveal which locations receive the most traffic from users who do web searches pertaining to pet ownership.
Oh my god, they're doing anonymous market research!!!

The horror!?

I'm getting tired of the sensationalism tbh.

Seriously, "personal data"?

In the above instance, my "personal data" is "user no.2383393 of group no.243498498 is one of 4389348 users who searched for a vet".


What is the big problem and how is this much different from the tonnes of non mobile device related data mining that goes on already?
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To be fair, if personal data was such a big thing... you wouldn't be on OCN

Plus, it's widely known is the business world that almost everyone sells data. We do it and it makes lots of money.
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To be honest as long as they truly anonymize the information first, don't sell to government agencies, and clearly disclose the fact that they are doing it then I don't really mind.

Now if they are selling my name, social security number, etc. with my phone usage information and/or don't disclose they are doing this than I have a big problem with it.
I agree with this statement. If they're sending the user data as anonymous, then I don't think it's too much to worry about. However, that might not be the case, especially if they have a customer willing to pay up big time.
 
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