Verizon facing criticism over use of customer data information
We brought this issue to your attention last week, at the time, it was thought there was only a 30-day window for Verizon customers to opt out of this initiative known as "Precision Market Insights." That 30-day window appears not to be the issue it was thought. For the record, yes, you can opt out of Verizon's management of your data at any time and we have outlined step-by-step for Verizon customers to follow.
That kind of verbose attitude does not provide much of a warm-and-fuzzy feeling for customers or privacy advocates. Hanni Fakhoury with the Electronic Frontier Foundation said that where Verizon may be running into a legal problem is with regards to data usage being shared in which URLs visited by customer may end up revealing contents of customer communication. That is against the law.
CNET asked Verizon representatives last week about how their initiative worked and was provided only with this statement:
That said, if you do not want your data to be used, follow the steps we outlined below to adjust your privacy issues on your Verizon Wireless account.
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How to change your privacy settings for Verizon customers
1. First, log in to "My Verizon"
2. Location based and CPNI settings
3. Business and Marketing Reports
4. Mobile advertising
1. mkl4466 (Posts: 53; Member since: 25 Sep 2008)
So Verizon wants to supplement it's revenue by chopping up and repackaging usage statistics. How much is one user's usage information worth? If information about me is valuable, I should get a discount for allowing my information to be sold. The information they are selling is ours, isn't it? Don't we deserve the revenue generated from its sale?