This week AT&T's most senor executive (Randall Stephenson) announced that AT&T wants to become the world's foremost peeping tom. But it's not your bedroom window they want to look into, it's your internet traffic. So, if you use their cables and wires to connect to all the great information (bank accounts, company intranet, your benefits page, your tax file, monitoring your credit file -- all the great stuff out there that's very private to you) then they have the right to see what you're doing.
As explained by Mr. Stephenson at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, AT&T wants to protect pirated material - movies, books, pictures, cartoons, TV shows, articles, etc. - all the stuff that has a copyright.
He didn't say the following, but what he's really saying is AT&T has a corporate responsibility to "lurk", to look over your shoulder, because copyrighted material is being illegally used on the internet - and if people would just quit looking at it, then the world would come together, hold hands, and sing songs of peace and joy. I guess it's easier to go after the "user" rather than the pirate (since it's worked so well in the war on drugs).
First of all, I agree with one point, there is lots of copyright infringement out there, but using Big Brother tactics is not exactly the right move. And AT&T as guardian of all things creative justs does not sound right. But with all things internet, make up your own mind - here are a couple links that provide additional information