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AT&T Denies Censorship, Won't Change Contract 170

Posted by kdawson
from the trust-us-we're-good-guys dept.
Vox writes "As we discussed here a few days back, AT&T's Terms of Service has very broad language giving them the right to terminate the account of any AT&T Internet service customer who criticizes the company. Ars Technica notes that such broad language is not unusual in ISPs' terms of service, and that AT&T told them they won't be changing the contract. A company spokesman said it's not a big deal because they have no intent to censor criticism. AT&T claims to respect its subscribers' right to voice their opinions and says that the contract is aimed at stopping the exploitation of children, and other tangible wrongs. As the article notes, taking the company on faith after the spying scandal is asking maybe a little too much."
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AT&T Denies Censorship, Won't Change Contract

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  • AT&T sucks (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 02, 2007 @02:05PM (#20826095)
    AT&T sucks

    The ACLU won the first round of this legal challenge in August 2006, when U.S. District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor ruled the NSA program violates the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in her ACLU v. NSA decision. "It was never the intent of the Framers to give the President such unfettered control," Taylor wrote in the decision, "particularly where his actions blatantly disregard the parameters clearly enumerated in the Bill of Rights."

    http://www.aclu.org/safefree/nsaspying/index.html [aclu.org]

    "AT&T has been named a defendant in a class action lawsuit that claims the telecommunications company illegally cooperated with the National Security Agency's secret eavesdropping program.

    A Los Angeles Times article dated Dec. 26 quoted an unnamed source as saying the NSA has a "direct hookup" into an AT&T database that stores information about all domestic phone calls, including how long they lasted.

    http://news.com.com/AT38T+sued+over+NSA+spy+program/2100-1028_3-6033501.html [com.com]

    "Have you turned over information or opened up your networks to the NSA without being compelled by law?"

    Company Response
    Adelphia Communications Declined comment
    AOL Time Warner No [1]
    AT&T Declined comment
    BellSouth Communications No
    Cable & Wireless* No response
    Cablevision Systems No
    CenturyTel No
    Charter Communications No [1]
    Cingular Wireless No [2]
    Citizens Communications No response
    Cogent Communications* No [1]
    Comcast No
    Cox Communications No
    EarthLink No
    Global Crossing* Inconclusive
    Google Declined comment
    Level 3* No response
    Microsoft No [3]
    NTT Communications* Inconclusive [4]
    Qwest Communications No [2]
    SAVVIS Communications* No response
    Sprint Nextel No [2]
    T-Mobile USA No [2]
    United Online No response
    Verizon Communications Inconclusive [5]
    XO Communications* No [1]
    Yahoo Declined comment

    * = Not a company contacted by Rep. John Conyers.
    [1] The answer did not explicitly address NSA but said that compliance happens only if required by law.
    [2] Provided by a source with knowledge of what this company is telling Conyers. In the case of Sprint Nextel, the source was familiar with Nextel's operations.
    [3] As part of an answer to a closely related question for a different survey.
    [4] The response was "NTT Communications respects the privacy rights of our customers and complies fully with law enforcement requests as permitted and required by law."
    [5] The response was "Verizon complies with applicable laws and does not comment on law enforcement or national security matters."

    http://news.com.com/Some+companies+helped+the+NSA%2C+but+which/2100-1028_3-6035305.html [com.com]

    Additional info from the EFF

    http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/att/faq.php [eff.org]

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