Will San Francisco punish AT&T for civil liberties violations?
Well the City of San Francisco may have a solution. Mayor Gavin Newsom, no stranger to controversy, has floated the notion of examining AT&T's municipal contracts in light of alleged violations of it's customer's civil liberties. In essence, voting with the city's dollars--the only language that Bu$hCo and its undeputized corporate enforcers understand.
You may recall that San Francisco has used these tactics before. Most notably when former mayor Willie Brown threatened to kick United Airlines out of its maintenance base at San Francisco International Airport for refusing to offer the same domestic partner benefits as the City. United sued but eventually settled with the City when it became apparent that the San Francisco's ordinance would be upheld in the Federal circuit.
AT&T should take this as a lesson. They can violate the law on DoJ's say so, but nothing requires a city, or a person for that matter, to do business with them. Money talks. Will AT&T listen?
Even if the Govt were to pay big bucks for the info, the Corp would try and screw them. And the agents will have fun as well.
I admire the challenge, but expect it will end up buried under the crap in the TOS.
You gota love corporate America.
Kathy, you're right you'd need a class action or something like that, and just cause SF managed to do it once, doesn't mean we'll be successful this time.
Pretty good read.
Seems like the Gov. might have a bigger stick though.
Comment from the right: "If AT&T doesn't give up that information immediately, the blood will be on their hands!"
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