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Privacy over the internet for AT&T users at a price

AT&T will serve its users with an ultra fast fiber optic internet access for $70 per month. The anticipated speed that the users can expect from the internet connection is 1 GB per second. Thus, there is no doubt of the fact that $70 per month is certainly affordable. But the offer comes with a loop. Some people might just find it extremely annoying and some might find it rightful, but I certainly feel that paying $29 per months to keep my privacy is to a certain extent amusing as well. Privacy over the internet for AT&T users at a price

The wireless network provider will serve the ultra fast internet to its customers, but at the cost of their privacy. AT&T will monitor all the traffic that comes in and goes out for the customers with the ultra fast fiber optic internet access connection. Some individuals are even calling this an indirect surveillance on the life that an individual lives on the internet.

Most of the other major wireless network providers are allowing the users to opt out of the sharing certain information without any charge. According to Jonathan Mayer, the policy of a monthly charge by AT&T is an indirect effort to discourage the users to opt out of the tracking system.

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Mr. Mayer, is a Computer Scientist at Stanford University, believes that the monthly price is an effort to normalize the act of online monitoring among the users. According to an AT&T spokesperson, the monthly charge is a discount allowed for the users who did not opt out of the online monitoring.

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The online monitoring done on the part of AT&T includes search history, websites visited, links clicked on, etc.. The monitoring will continue even if you clear out your cookies and other temporary files.

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  1. $70 per month is surprising for monopolist AT&T. May be too surprising. What is the data cap, and what is the fee per gigabyte for going over the cap? It doesn't matter how fast the bytes come, if you can't afford to pay for them. All the monopoly ISP's (all of them) are planning to ramp up the usage-based billing model very quickly in the next few years. Both the individual companies and their industry lobbyist have publicly predicted this. They all intend to price-gouge internet service to make up for the loss of TV packages and they can't afford to lose the $150 to $250 monthly bills they now send out. They'll unfairly boost up internet service fees as quickly as they can think of ways to do it. Expect a wallop in the wallet very soon.

  2. Why in the hell would someone want this, unless your retarded, just got out of jail and don't mind you have no privacy what so ever. Oh yeah I get it were supposed to be brainless and mindless Americans, silly me continue…

  3. The author should update this to clarify that the extra $30 DOES NOT opt you out of the tracking. They are going to track everything anyway. They just won't serve up the ads they were planning to. There is no "keep your privacy" plan with this service.

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