Verizon Wireless Now Tracking All Users, Inspecting and Recording Data Usage

In one of the most outrageous invasions of online privacy seen yet, Verizon Wireless will be recording all of its customers location and usage data. Information Verizon is collecting includes, but is not limited to:

  • Addresses of websites you visit when using wireless service. These data strings (or URLs) may include search terms you have used
  • Location of your device
  • App and device feature usage
  • Information about your use of Verizon products and services (such as data and calling features, device type, and amount of use)
  • Demographic and interest categories provided to us by other companies, such as gender, age range, sports fan, frequent diner, or pet owner ("Demographics")

All customers are included by default. You have ability to opt out of the program by visiting www.vzw.com/myprivacy or calling 1-866-211-0874. You will receive mobile ads whether you participate or not. If you have a Family SharePlan or multi-line account, you must indicate your choice for each line.

You also have the right to change mobile phone service providers, write your congressperson and tell everyone you know.

Collecting this information requires data mining of ALL of your wireless transmissions. This means that Verizon will now be personally analyzing every bit you send on their network. Opting out will ONLY prevent your data from being used in marketing reports and targeted advertising, not from being harvested.

The war for private cellular communications just went hot.

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