AT&T Mobility said it is in fact not testing a program to give its Digital Life home security and automation customers discounts if they give up some of their personal data. Light Reading initially reported that the company was conducting such a test, but AT&T subsequently said that its spokesman misspoke and that it is not conducting tests for such discounts.
Security researchers discovered a security flaw in the website of T-Mobile US' MetroPCS prepaid brand that could have allowed digital thieves to steal customers' home address, type of plan and even their phone's model and serial number.
Even as BlackBerry rolls out its first smartphone running a version of Google's Android platform, the Priv, the company remains focused on bulking up its software prowess and may pursue more acquisitions, according to CEO John Chen.
BlackBerry is betting big on the Priv, its new smartphone that runs a modified version of Google's Android platform. However, analysts are skeptical about whether the security-focused phone can help deliver a hit for BlackBerry and keep the company's hardware business afloat.
T-Mobile US said it saw an increased number of requests for customer data from government agencies in 2014, and more requests than any of its wireless rivals.
Google, Apple and a broad array of civil liberties groups and technology companies are urging President Barack Obama not to embrace policies that would prohibit tech companies from encrypting their customers' data.
The FCC is investigating whether Verizon Wireless' program that inserted an undetectable and undeletable tracking ID into its subscribers' mobile Internet browsing activity violates consumer privacy laws.
AT&T Mobility agreed to pay a $25 million fine to settle an FCC investigation into privacy breaches of customers' personal information at call centers in Mexico, Columbia and the Philippines. Employees at those call centers accessed customer information without authorization and then sold the information to third parties, which then used the customer data to request codes from AT&T to unlock phones, according to the FCC.
Verizon Wireless is letting customers totally opt out of its program that inserted an undetectable and undeletable tracking ID into its subscribers' mobile Internet browsing activity. The practice, which AT&T Mobility had engaged in but stopped last fall, sparked a backlash over fears that the program could be used by the carriers or advertisers to build up a profile of a users' mobile Web usage.
The makers of the Blackphone think they have found an important, overlooked niche: consumers who put a premium on the privacy of their personal data. In just a few weeks the company is also planning to launch an app store whereby developers from around the world will be invited to submit their work for a review process that will ensure consumers will not need to worry about personal information being misused or compromised. Special report