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Verizon wants to keep track of your web habits and more, although you can opt-out

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Verizon wants to keep track of your web habits and more, although you can opt-out
Verizon changed the terms of the privacy policy that the carrier has for its mobile customers, and the new rules are bound to upset many of the carrier's account holders. According to the new terms, Verizon can take some of the information its customers provide and use it for "certain business and marketing reports" in order to make "the mobile ads you see more relevant". This information includes the URL of web sites visited by Verizon users as well as locations they might have been at, based on the GPS readings from the Verizon handset used.

Thankfully, there is a way to opt-out of this information gathering. By heading over to VerizonWireless.com/myprivacy, Big Red customers will find two locations where they can check "Don't use my information" for each Verizon cell phone number they have. Unless this is done, Verizon customers are automatically opted into the new program, which is something that might raise the hackles of many smartphone users who believe that the carrier's default positions should be to not gather customer's information for profit.

According to the changes made to Big Red's privacy policy, the carrier also gets to keep information about which apps customers download and which features of their phone they use. You can find Verizon's privacy policy changes at the sourcelink.

source: Verizon, ComputerWorld via AndroidCentral

Verizon 's new policy statement allows them to keep customer information unless they opt-out

Verizon 's new policy statement allows them to keep customer information unless they opt-out



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posted on 12 Oct 2011, 22:51 1

1. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


you better believe I opted out.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 22:59

2. Alex (unregistered)


Thank you Alan F. and Phone Arena for letting us know. I opt out too.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 23:07

3. gotjesus (unregistered)


Thx for the headsup opted out of all 3 of my lines ;)

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 23:09 2

4. vzwnewb (unregistered)


In the interest of fairness, I actually learned this a couple of days ago from Verizon themselves. On the bill payment page it's right there with a big "Please read" and ecplains it all and links you to the quick opt out for it.

There's no reason to miss this, Verizon isn't hiding it.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 23:17

5. chris da computa guy (unregistered)


I opted out too.... Aggravating to know that carriers don't default a customer to privacy instead of non-privacy settings...

Thanks phone arena, I wouldn't have realized this unless I have read this article. Much appreciated!

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 23:53

6. t1 connect (unregistered)


Funny I just got the same email for my fios and opted out.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 00:17

8. superguy (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


What's the link for Fios?

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 00:14

7. superguy (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Thanks for the heads up. I opted out.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 00:32 1

9. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


we shouldn't have to opt out. it should already be opted out and then any idiot who wants their data sold should be allowed to opt in

how stupid are people in general.....verizon is hiding it? idiots.... we are losing rights left and right you cant sniff it even though its under your noses

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 07:50

10. TheOne281 (unregistered)


I spell a class action law suit.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 09:28 1

11. Bethistopheles (Posts: 25; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Losing rights? Class action lawsuit? What are you two smoking? :)
Verizon was clear that this was going to happen and clear that it could be opted out of.

The sky is not falling.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 19:29

12. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


Really, people? It's in BIG letters on the latest bill to "Please Read" and on My Verizon when you log in. They aren't hiding it. You're fine.

posted on 14 Oct 2011, 22:24

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6126; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


At least one good reason that I'm not on Verizon so they can see what site you're on. and it's called SPYING

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