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  •  Less than meets the eye (2+ / 0-)
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    TarheelDem, mimi

    Of course the telephone company has metadata on your phones, which they provide!  They'd be out of business if they didn't.  The metadata is what they use for billing.  They also use things like cell tower location to determine how busy each cell tower is, so they can add capacity when required.

    The only risk is if they share it.  In the US, this type of information is called Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) and is covered by privacy rules.  Verizon got in trouble, you may recall, when they let this loose to private investigators who were "pretexting" (pretending to be someone else) to get access.

    What Snowden revealed is the big US carriers all share their metadata with NSA.  But does DTAG, which is majority-owned by the government, share it with anyone else?  That's the question.

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