Verizon Wireless injecting unique identifiers to track subscribers' online activity

  1. Just over a month after Comcast was caught inserting ads on websites its users visit while using the company's publicly accessible Wi-Fi hotspots, Wired is reporting that Verizon is also monitoring its users' mobile internet traffic.

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  2. JakeT

    JakeT TS Member Posts: 74   +20

    We are sheep being controlled by big business. ba ba bahhhh

    My grandmother surfs the net on my PC for 30 min and the next thing you know I'm getting specific ads to old age services or adult diaper recommendations. eek! How do I fix that I wonder?
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,108   +1,286

    Verizon customers should start a class-action against them. They are modifying your private traffic and selling the meta-information off.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    So we're supposed to think that 'ad networks' (whoever that is) has access to Verizon's database that links these IDs to real personal information?

    I don't get this obsession with being anonymous online for the purpose of avoiding targeted ads. Wouldn't you rather see ads for stuff you're interested in instead of just random crap?

    When you walk into a store, the store knows you're there, and they know it's very possible that you're interested in their stuff. But when we visit their website we get all freaked out when they send us an ad because it means they knew we were visiting? Sounds pretty backward to me.

    I suppose the joke's on me, right? I fell for the complete non-story of 'Verizon is targeting ads' because the headline had big incriminating words in it like 'injecting' (oooooo!) and *gasp* 'tracking!'.

    Oh.. and if any advertisers are reading this? Send me some coupons for khakis, would ya?

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