No, Verizon doesn't plan to sell your data unless you want to


If you're living in the United States, then you're probably aware that the Congress recently voted to reduce broadband privacy protections, which would allow Internet providers to sell users' data much easier and without asking for their permission.

We reported a few days ago that Verizon launched an Android application called AppFlash, which acts as a launcher and search function. According to the report, the app that would come pre-installed on all Android smartphones sold by Verizon can share user's information with the carrier's family of companies.



Well, it looks like the report wasn't entirely accurate and Verizon doesn't plan to sell your data just yet unless you specifically tell you to do it (uh?).

In a recent statement for EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Verizon's Director of Corporate Communications, Kelly Crummey said that the AppFlash application is installed on a single Android smartphone from its portfolio (LG K20 V). Furthermore, users must opt-in to use the application, or they can simply decide to disable it entirely.



The initial report coming from EFF claiming Verizon plans to sell users' data without their consent has been withdrawn, and its staff is now further investigating the matter.

Related phones

K20 V
  • Display 5.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(31h talk time)

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9 Comments

1. mikehunta727 unregistered

Found this out a few days ago... Good.

2. Cat97

Posts: 1892; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Yeah, I bet there will be a lot of customers that will *want* Verizon to sell their data :)

3. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

At least they are gonna ask......I guess

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Apple had a Wi-fi assist feature that was turned on by default causing the phone to switch to cellular network whenever wifi signal wasn't as strong, this resulted in a lot of upset people when their cellular bill came in and they had ridiculous data overage fees. ... My point being that people may be able to opt out of this, but it's now perfectly legal for Verizon to have it on by default and even if the user doesn't opt in to use it doesn't mean it isn't running and not bring used by your carrier. Besides, only those who are well informed will know what the App is and how to disable it. Damn the Republican party for meddling in our internet privacy rights. This was done against the best interests of the people and for the sake of big business.

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Our privacy is worth a lot to businesses. Just goes to show you, no one's totally worthless, they can be used for advertising purposes.

6. boriqua2000

Posts: 258; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

This is how it starts. Next year they'll just do what they want with your information. You have no rights or privacy anymore.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Exactly, they don't have to even ask or inform you that they're using your data, it's free game... and this isn't really even a Verizon issue, this is every company operating in the USA issue.

8. dnbrannon

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

A corporations sole purpose is to generate profits. Although they may not sell information now, they will not turn down the opportunity to do so in the future if they can make enough money. That is why we need these federal privacy protection regulations and FCC enforcement of net neutrality.

9. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I can see them rolling it into the regular service agreement, not having something separate to opt in or out of. "If you wish to opt out, get another carrier". And just like opting out of spam emails, the system to sign you up works instantly, but the one for getting out takes a few weeks... if it works at all.

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