Oct 13 AT 8:31 AM Anthony Domanico 11 Comments

Verizon makes changes to privacy policy, makes you opt-out


On today’s episode of “Who’s using my personal data for corporate gain?” we have Verizon Wireless, who announced some changes to their privacy policy yesterday. With this change, Verizon will now begin storing your device’s location, as well as web sites you visit while connected to their network, and will use that information to both serve you more customized advertisements and for Verizon’s internal marketing and business reports. Additionally, this information may be shared with outside companies.

It is important to note that no personally-identifying information will be shared. Neither Verizon nor anyone Verizon shares this information with will know that Joe Schmoe accessed Hustler in Cheyenne, Wyoming–only that the website was accessed and was accessed from Cheyenne.

Though it’s not a new concept that companies can access and store your device’s location information (Google does it too), what really rubs me the wrong way about this announcement is that users are opted-in by default, and you’ll have to opt-out if you don’t want Verizon to have access to this information.

I personally feel that if companies want to access my personal information, they should ask me about it first (i.e., I have to opt-in for them to have access). I usually have no problem letting companies access some of my information, but I get angry when they decide I should share this without consulting me first.

Fortunately, opting out of this service is fairly simple. Just go to verizonwireless.com/myprivacy, click a few checkboxes where it says “Don’t use my information,” and you should be all set. For more information about the move, head over to Verizon’s Privacy Policy website.

What do you guys think about Verizon’s move? Are you with me that all privacy concerns should require users to opt-in by default, or am I just being a nervous nellie?

Source: ComputerWorld

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  • TheyRcoming4US!

    I’m 100% with you on this Nellie! Would you like me to make you a tin-foil hat while I already have the roll out to make mine?

  • j

    definately on your side… it should always be opt-in… they should get a lawsuit for that one (in my country the authorities would bitch slap them… here in denmark it would even be illegal for them to check the checkbox and just let the consumer press ok, the consumer actually has to check it himself)

  • Cree
    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      I did say it was easy to opt-out, I just think it’s extremely lame that you have to opt out. I understand why they do it (if 90% of people opt out, that’s still more data than the 1-5% who would opt-in), I just don’t agree with it.

  • Zer0-9

    This I will be sharing as much as possible. Google gives me “free” stuff. The cost is a little bit of personal data to serve ads. They’re an ad company. I’m cool with this as it’s rather up front. If you use this product we will collect your data.

    However I’m PAYING Verizon for my service, you are a provider of a service, you are totally not welcome to my information. Give me unlimited data or free service and maybe we’ll talk.

  • sap26

    Thanks for the heads up.
    PS: You think they would use that information to finally put in a Hustler?! You’re welcome, Cheyenne.

  • Chrome User

    Ugh, I logged in and swapped the setting, but the “Save Changes” button was dead. (Chrome, PC) — went “Back to Profile” and came back to settings and it was indeed unchanged. Had to open IE, re-login, and do it again. Why do you ignore Chrome, Verizon?

  • Hi Mom,

    There is a link to verizonwireless.com/myprivacy in this article. You should go to this site and login (create an account if you don’t already have one). Once you login change the two setting so they do not share your information.


    • uknowme

      Umm, you must be joking. Please tell me you are joking?

  • Slith

    Strangely it shows all my numbers already opted out. I do not recall ever actively doing that. Is it different for business accounts I wonder?

  • NotGoodEnough

    Still Not Good Enough!

    It is not good enough to check a box indicating that Verizon should not use the information.

    Where is the checkbox that says: do not even collect (or store) the information in the first place?