AT&T on Kerry-McCain Privacy Bill

The following statement may be attributed to Tim McKone, AT&T Executive Vice President – Federal Relations: “We congratulate Senators Kerry and McCain for their bi-partisan leadership in establishing a thoughtful and comprehensive legislative framework to address individual privacy in the Information Age.  In particular, we are gratified that the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act… Read more »

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Privacy in a Mobilized World

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

It’s National Data Privacy Day and what better way to celebrate than to look at the progress on privacy made yesterday by our friends at GSMA – the association representing the worldwide mobile communications industry.  We have been pleased to work with the GSMA folks and other industry members to develop a set of universal… Read more »

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I See Consensus, People

By Ellen Blackler, AT&T Executive Director – Public Policy I hope I’m not jinxing it by mentioning it, but there is a quiet and promising consensus emerging.  And, no, I’m not referring to the long-running debate surrounding the FCC’s Open Internet proceeding…We won’t know how that story goes until next Tuesday. What I’m referring to… Read more »

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Shedding Light on a Few Things

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

A little over a year ago, AT&T’s unwieldy privacy policy, which actually numbered 17 different policies, and came in at 37,000-plus words, was shrunk to one policy, at a more svelte 8,000’ish words. I tell you this because, as some of you know, the duties of chief privacy officer were added to my day job… Read more »

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It Takes a Village

by Chris Boyer

Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy

Cybersecurity.  Cyberwarfare.  Cyber criminals. The words alone are unnerving and the issues they raise are challenging and deeply complex.  I’ve been working in this area for a while now and I’m still amazed by its ever-changing landscape.  Protecting our nation’s networks is critical and a top priority for network operators as well as regulators and… Read more »

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Giving Consumers Control with AdChoices

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I usually write about issues concerning the reclassification of broadband and comic strips. Well, now you can throw privacy issues into the mix since I recently took on the role of AT&T’s Chief Privacy Officer.  Dorothy Attwood is moving on to a new challenge… Read more »

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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).  … Read more »

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When you can’t spot the product, then you ARE the product

By Ellen Blackler, AT&T Executive Director – Public Policy If the customer is always right, it matters a lot if you are the customer or the product. I have been shaking my head over Google’s introduction of BUZZ wondering how they could have misread the privacy interests so badly. What were they thinking?  Surely any… Read more »

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