FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Statement of Barry Steinhardt Director, ACLU Technology and Liberty Project
The changes, as first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, claim ownership over its customers’ records and sweeping new language describing the company’s uses of the records, including any purpose “involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person.” Given that even the vaguest hunch by the lowest-ranking security guard could qualify as a “potential threat,” AT&T appears to be trying to give itself license to do whatever it sees fit with customers’ data.
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