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Verizon draws media attention for selling customers' usage data

By Shawn Knight
Oct 17, 2012
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  1. A new report claims Verizon Wireless is selling usage data about their customers to third party marketers. Information including app usage, geographical location and Internet browsing activity is all fair game. Furthermore, the carrier says they may even link the...

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  2. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Really?? I have never recieved an email,text, or any other information to my handset or email explaining what Verizon is doing and how to opt out of this. Not that I have anything to hide, but this does smack of wiretap. I could care less what Verizon sees me viewing or useing. But to turn around and sell that information for profit. That kinda irks me. If they are going to use my Data, where is my share?? I dont see any discounts on my bill. Nor have I recieved any credits from them. I think Im going to call Verizon Customer Service and voice my displeasure with this and find out how to opt out of it. I suggest that you all do the same thing. Make them pay you for your information. How dare they profit off you w/o offer some compensation!!! My information is my information and I have only agreed that Verizon can use it for thier use to increase network performance. Not profit off of it by selling it to others who have no right to that information.
     
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  3. psycros

    psycros TS Booster Posts: 746   +235

    "It?s all part of an initiative called Precision Market Insights that the wireless carrier says is 100 percent legal due to the fact that data is aggregated and doesn?t reveal a customer?s identity."

    It most certainly <b>is</b> illegal because customers were never offered an opt-out. If Verizon did not actively contact its customers, either with a billling insert, email or whatever, then their in violation of several privacy laws. I hope the inevitable class action is monumental in its punitive monetary rewards.
     
  4. Why would anyone care? its all anonymous and has no impact what so ever on you... worry about something else, don't be stupid.
     
  5. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Maniac Posts: 380   +53

    Data is the new oil? Really? How many miles per MB do they get?

    Its things like this that makes it imperative in my opinion to install custom roms. Remove as much carrier junk as you can.
     
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  6. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    @ Guest.
    You need to worry more. They CLAIM its aggregated information. The reality is that we dont know for sure if it is indeed anon. They can give you whatever line of BS they want and your appathy would allow you to swallow it. Its not "stupid" to be concerned over who has what Data on you. It is only prudent to pay attention to it reguardless. Stupid, is not paying attention. The very first paragraph tells you that "they may even link to other databases that contain even more detailed information". How exactly does this not effect the general consumer??
    Yea stupid huh...........
     
  7. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 752   +12

    Suddenly "News: Humans now capable of flight if naked".

    Welp, the news says so, you better go try it out since they're probably not lying to you or anything.
     
  8. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Maniac Posts: 380   +53

    I'd try that merely for wishful thinking, not because I'd think it would work.
     
  9. Pan Wah

    Pan Wah TS Enthusiast Posts: 134   +27

    I'm pretty sure that isn't true, even if some humans could fly, it's hard to see a causal relationship between flight and nudity, as your alleged news report suggests?
     
  10. Sorry, but a class action is not allowed anymore. You can thank the American justice system for that.
     
  11. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 310   +62

    It is a little ridiculous, but if they are going to make a profit off of my information, I wouldn't be too upset if they were made to give us a discount or something for agreeing to let them do that.
     
     
  12. jackal2687

    jackal2687 TS Member Posts: 70   +11

    I tried to fly, do I have to oil up first? Do I do this is public?!?! I am trying so hard and my wife is telling me to stop but I really want to fly! :(
     


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