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Verizon Now Monitors, Shares User Web Surfing Info
Tom's Guide ^ | October 14, 2011 | Kevin Parrish

Posted on 10/14/2011 6:48:08 PM PDT by decimon

A new change in Verizon's privacy policy grants it the right to track user browsing habits, app usage and physical location.

Like the Eye of Sauron watching over the lands of Middle-earth, Wednesday Verizon Wireless announced that it is now tracking the location of subscriber devices, recording search terms and websites they visit via the wireless network, and recording their app and device feature usage. This information will supposedly be used to make mobile ads more relevant to subscribers, and to be used for "certain business and marketing reports."

In a statement announcing its privacy policy changes, Verizon said that it will also use information detailing subscriber use of Verizon products and services including data and calling features, device type, and amount of use. Demographic and interest categories provided to Verizon by other companies, such as gender, age range, sports fan, frequent diner, or pet owner, will also be used.

"We will combine Mobile Usage Information and Consumer Information in a way that does not personally identify you," the company claims.

(Excerpt) Read more at tomsguide.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: bigsister; citizen; monitor; teotwawki

1 posted on 10/14/2011 6:48:12 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

“We will combine Mobile Usage Information and Consumer Information in a way that does not personally identify you,”

Yeah.. right.. And I have ocean front property in Minnesota.


2 posted on 10/14/2011 6:50:23 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: decimon

who didn’t see it (and everything else that’s coming) coming?


3 posted on 10/14/2011 6:53:41 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: decimon
New research that makes creative use of sensitive location-tracking data from 100,000 cellphones in Europe suggests that most people can be found in one of just a few locations at any time, and that they do not generally go far from home.
...and this is old news.
4 posted on 10/14/2011 6:59:19 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: decimon

YAHOO did the same....you are FORCED to upgrade.

Now when I talk to my friends, we talk in codes on e-mail.


5 posted on 10/14/2011 7:13:20 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: decimon

i put it on my dog and let him go out all day.


6 posted on 10/14/2011 7:16:41 PM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: decimon

If you aren’t heh heh visiting sites you shouldn’t be, wink wink nudge nudge, then you have nothing to be afraid of, horn dog.


7 posted on 10/14/2011 7:20:33 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: decimon

I have a prepaid phone without a plan. I pay in cash at a dealer.


8 posted on 10/14/2011 7:21:43 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: decimon

I have a prepaid phone without a plan. I pay in cash at a dealer.


9 posted on 10/14/2011 7:22:03 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

Same here...V***** mobile. Cell phones below $10 at 7-11. Fake e-mail, fake account, never use the same IP address, pay cash.


10 posted on 10/14/2011 7:25:00 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: decimon

They also have a fairly simple ‘opt out’ from being in this data-gathering. I opted out all our lines.


11 posted on 10/14/2011 7:25:00 PM PDT by EDINVA ( Jimmy McMillan '12: because RENT'S, TOO DAMN HIGH)
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To: max americana

Here’s a good tip for people. Dealers where most of the posters and advertisements in the place are in Spanish are good for customers wanting some privacy.


12 posted on 10/14/2011 7:31:48 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: decimon

Tom should dig a little deeper before writing article... You can opt out of it fairly simply. Just click on the link in the email. Geez


13 posted on 10/14/2011 7:35:19 PM PDT by republicangel
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To: decimon

I also read this here:
http://www.itworld.com/security/212365/verizon-wireless-business-reports-are-how-violating-customer-privacy
I sent it off to friends to let them know. Glad I don’t have them.


14 posted on 10/14/2011 7:38:45 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: decimon

I was sent an email with instructions to opt out, which i chose to do. I thought that was cool.


15 posted on 10/14/2011 7:58:26 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

LOL, correct. Until now, I’m still looking for a ppd Visa or MC without ever giving out your ssN (by Fed law) just to register the card.


16 posted on 10/14/2011 8:13:40 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: republicangel
You can opt out of it fairly simply. Just click on the link in the email. Geez

Pardon me if my tin foil hat keeps me from completely believing I can trust that to be true.

"You can trust me because I always tell the truth and I never lie. If you don't believe that, just ask me."

17 posted on 10/14/2011 8:17:35 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: max americana
“... I’m still looking for a ppd Visa or MC without ever giving out your ssN (by Fed law) just to register the card.”

Do you need to actually provide the SS card, or do they just take your number? Would be just too bad if the number was transposed.

18 posted on 10/14/2011 8:25:15 PM PDT by garyb
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To: garyb

To register the ppd Visa/MC, you go online to say.. Green Dot and the sss has to be legit. Green Dot usually is the preferred ppd card accepted on Ebay but there’s another and even that has the same policy. Something about the Patriot Act. I even went to those mexican money remittance kiosks here in downtown L.A and they have the same rules for their mexican visa cards.


19 posted on 10/14/2011 8:36:19 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: decimon

You can opt out, but it takes some doing. They made the opt out screen purposefully confusing and opaque. I managed to remove their tracking, but only because I work in the software industry and could spot their tricks of screen manipulation.


20 posted on 10/14/2011 10:07:25 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Gore Lauds Romney on Climate Position; 0bamaCare was based on RomneyCare.)
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To: decimon

We may opt out at vzw.com/myprivacy


21 posted on 10/15/2011 1:05:09 PM PDT by omega4179
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