Protecting Privacy in a Mobile World

by Bob Quinn

Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs

On Friday, we filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on privacy issues in today’s mobile world.  In May, the Commission put out a public notice seeking information on the measures wireless service providers take to protect customers’ information on mobile devices. As the Commission acknowledges, the wireless marketplace today is a far cry…

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Administration’s White Paper On Privacy Strikes Positive Tone

By Jeff Brueggeman, AT&T Vice President of Public Policy and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Collaboration, consensus and consistency are key design principles in developing good public policy.  And we’re encouraged that a white paper issued yesterday by President Obama’s Administration embraces those principles. All of us have a stake in the Internet ecosystem – whether it’s…

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Sharing Responsibility for Cybersecurity

by Chris Boyer

Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy

In October, when most people are thinking of pumpkins and changing leaves, we’re thinking of cybersecurity and we’re not alone.  Joining with other members of the industry, government and non-profit organizations, we’re celebrating National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Earlier today, I participated in the official kickoff event for the month, the 2011 Michigan Cyber Summit, which…

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Keeping Up with Technology…and Kids

It almost goes without saying that most kids are savvier than their parents when it comes to being online.  But, in a first-of-its-kind research survey conducted by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), in collaboration with Hart Research Associates, new data suggests that parents may finally be gaining ground.   FOSI announced the results of the…

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Helping Families Stay Safe Online

Last week, we launched our new Smart Controls website in conjunction with the Fourth Annual Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Conference.   While my colleague highlighted all the great tools the new site has in place to help consumers manage their bills, I want to follow-up by pointing out its broader significance for parents and families….

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Helping Consumers Stay Safe Online

by Chris Boyer

Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy

For the past several months, I have represented AT&T on the board of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) — a public- private partnership focused on improving online safety awareness and education for consumers.  To kick off Cybersecurity Awareness month, the NCSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security co-hosted an event this past Monday in Seattle,…

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They Do What? Where?

Authored by Andrea Brands, Director of Public Affairs for AT&T Recently I talked to students who took part in the national Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day about online safety and mentioned how many of their grandparents were likely online, perhaps emailing with friends, researching second careers or even looking for love through…

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This Ain’t No Buzz Kill

The recent focus on the privacy policies of social networks reminded me of the changes to our Privacy Policies made last summer. When we launched our revamped Privacy Policy last August – we collapsed 17 different Policies into one, plain-language, easy-to-understand set of privacy commitments (take a look at it and tell us what you think).  …

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Should You Be Concerned if Your Child’s New BFF Asks Her to TDTM and GNOC to eventually MIRL?

If you’re not sure about what I just wrote, you’re not alone.  According to Donna Rice Hughes, President of online safety organization Enough is Enough, too many parents don’t know either.   That’s why she developed the Internet Safety 101SM program for parents and educators, which was officially released last week at a national press conference…

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