AT&T charges $29 more for gigabit fiber that doesnâ€™t watch your Web browsing
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AT&T offers different prices based on how jealously users guard their privacy. AT&T's $70 per-month pricing for gigabit service is the same price as Google Fiber, but AT&T charges an additional $29 a month to customers who opt out of AT&T's "Internet Preferences" program.
AT&TÂ saysÂ it tracks "the webpages you visit, the time you spend on each, the links or ads you see and follow, and the search terms you enter... AT&T Internet Preferences works independently of your browser's privacy settings regarding cookies, do-not-track, and private browsing. If you opt-in to AT&T Internet Preferences, AT&T will still be able to collect and use your Web browsing information independent of those settings."
Keeping tabs on the customer's Web browsing lets AT&T serve advertisements targeted to individual users.
Google told Ars that Google Fiber does not track users' browsing history. Google also doesn't offer different pricing levels based on privacy selections made by its fiber customers. But Google already tracks users across its own Web properties regardless of whether they also subscribe to Google Fiber.
"WeÂ collect informationÂ about the services that you use and how you use them, like when you watch a video on YouTube, visit a website that uses our advertising services, or youÂ view and interact with our adsÂ and content,"Â Google says.