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

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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13 Comments

1. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

you better believe I opted out.

2. Alex unregistered

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

3. gotjesus unregistered

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

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.

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!

6. t1 connect unregistered

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

8. superguy

Posts: 428; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

What's the link for Fios?

7. superguy

Posts: 428; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Thanks for the heads up. I opted out.

9. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 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

10. TheOne281 unregistered

I spell a class action law suit.

11. Bethistopheles

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

12. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

13. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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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