Mobile carriers make $24B/year selling your secrets


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#2

Yet another reason to hate telecom corporations.


#3

Where the hell did I give my express consent to this nightmarish modern panopticon we are all living in? What steps can we take to make this illegal, like it should be?


#4

The consent is surely in the long, complicated contract signed with the phone company.

I’d love to see this be illegal but, in the shorter term, anyone know if there’s a carrier we can avoid this with? No cell phone isn’t really an option for modern life, but it’s seems to now require no more privacy.


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Surely they must be in competition with the US Congress by now (for the extreme depths of unpopularity)


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If only headline hyperbole was worth as much!


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De-identification can work, just take a look at the Springer book Statistical Confidentiality: Principles and Practice, by Duncan, Elliot, Juan Jose Salazar. Census Bureau and CDC have been releasing data publicly for decades. The Netflix example was not de-identified (they removed user names, that’s all).

The bigger question is what methods did they use to de-identify. Since the carriers don’t publish this, we can’t know what they are doing. Also, how are they linking data if it’s “de-identified”? They shouldn’t be able to link if it’s properly de-identified, unless they use a trusted third party for the linking (and I seriously doubt they are). They should be transparent about their methods and data collection.


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