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Naturally, this set off a wave of public backlash and alarm bells among consumer interest groups. But when we took a closer look at what other carriers were doing, it turns out Verizon wasn't the only one making a little side revenue from selling customer data.
All the four major carriers collect, anonymize (strip off any personal identifiers), and sell information about how its customers use their technology, from browsi
Furthermore, the laws preventing carriers from overstepping their boundaries are weak. A lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said U.S. privacy rights at the federal level are up to the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Fourth Amendment. But the Fourth hasn't protected consumers in cases like U.S. v. Miller 425 U.S. 435 (bank records are not protected by Fourth) and Smith v. Maryland 442 U.S. 735 (1979) (holding records of dialed numbers are not protected).
Until then, buyer beware.