July 5, 2007
Apple iPhone and AT&T want your Social Security Number
News Blog reports that Apple and AT&T are demanding customers reveal their social security numbers to activate their iPhones.
"... It is well known that Apple is a very secretive company. This does not necessarily mean that it handles personal data more responsibly than a very transparent company.
But AT&T? The company is a defendant in a class-action lawsuit after a federal judge denied AT&T's motions to have the case dismissed. The case alleges that AT&T gave the NSA "unchecked backdoor access to its communications network and its record databases," violating the law and the privacy of its customers.
Whatever the court may find, the AT&T case clearly demonstrates why it is profoundly bad judgment to give a telephone company (or most any other company) sensitive personal identifying information such as one's SSN. Period."
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