AT&T to start selling your data; how to opt out

Posted at 12:11 PM, Jul 09, 2013

Last week, AT&T updated its privacy policy with a controversial change: The company would begin selling customers’ information to marketers and other businesses. That’s according to a report from The Huffington Post.

AT&T’s data mining is a potentially troubling development for the company’s large group of 105 million subscribers. The “External Marketing and Analytics Reporting” program would allow AT&T to sell information, including your location based on WiFi connections, web browsing history, and app usage, according to the report. 

Here is how to opt out:

– If you’re a customer, go to this page and log in using your phone number and password

– Go to the “privacy settings” page

– Look for this blurb: ”Our External Marketing and Analytics Reports contain anonymous information about groups of our customers. You may choose to exclude the anonymous information from your accounts from these reports.”

– Click a checkbox for each wireless phone number you’d like to opt-out with

– Choose “submit”

While this will stop data from being sold to advertisers, data will still be collected each time you use your phone. 

Read more from Fox 4 News and The Huffington Post