The problem with Big Brother is this. There are many big brothers and they’re all doing their level best to watch and record everything we do. If it’s not the government, it’s Google. If it’s not Google, it’s AT&T and Verizon– watching our every online move for their own profit. Daniel B. Kline outlines the crazy and expensive way to opt out.
AT&T’s low-cost Google Fiber alternative comes with a fairly huge “catch”.
On the positive side, “GigaPower” service, which is offered mostly in markets where the company competes with Google, offers very high-speed home fiber-optic Internet service for as low as $70 a month. That’s the same price the search giant charges, and on the surface it seems like a fair deal.
The problem is that this price requires customers to opt in to AT&T’s “Internet Preferences” program, “which gives the company permission to examine each customer’s Web traffic,” according to Ars Technica. This leads to targeted ads appearing when you visit websites, email offers coming to your inbox, and even junk mail sent to your home.
Opting out of the traffic-recording program will cost you a minimum of another $29 a month. Add in AT&T’s phone and television service through GigaPower and you will pay as much as $60 a month in privacy fees to keep AT&T from snooping on you, according to the technology website.
That should tell you how much your privacy is being invaded and how much it’s worth to the invaders.