Verizon Wireless publicly admits selling customers’ personal data

 

HOUSTON – Verizon Wireless is assuring customers that their privacy won’t be comprised after it became the first mobile phone company to publicly admit that it was selling some of its customers’ personal data to third parties.

The carrier stresses that all of the shared data is anonymous and can’t be traced back to individual consumers. (more in the attached link)

http://www.khou.com/home/Verizon-Wireless-publicly-admits-se...

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Ok by me

I am a Verizon customer. What they are doing is not particularly different from other businesses that have data on customers. It is a way to make money as long as the data is anonymous.

I see from the article that I can opt out if I wish.

I would rather let them do this to make more profit than have them raise my phone bill.

Out

I opted out. I signed on to make calls and send/receive data, emails and texts. I don't want them using my personal data no matter how much it's "anonymized". evil

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Not for Me

I opt out of all offers of any company's desires to use any personal data. Guess I'm just too old to be comfortable with the big databases in the sky. Some can't be avoided, but most companies do give options.

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Verizon

I think they should a least allow the choice to be made by the customer

They do

salleentn wrote:

I think they should a least allow the choice to be made by the customer

Their literature says:
"if you do not want us to use your information for any of the purposes described [in this privacy notice], please let us know at any time by:
-visiting www.wzw.com/myprivacy
or
-calling 1.866.211.0874"

Verizon not truthful.

I have been receiving Black Friday emails lately. I clicked on PROPERTIES. A link was traced back to Verizon. So it is not anonymous after all. The Verizon account was closed 18 months ago.
EDIT: I unsubscribed and blocked sender.

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Since they only respond to

Since they only respond to the bottom line, the only option is to cancel their service. That way they lose more money than they make.

They need to know that when they get their customers PO'd, they lose bigtime.

Fred

I am shocked, shocked ....

to find Verizon selling data. Here are your winnings sir ..... grin

You Ain't Seen Nothing!

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2125853/carrier-iq-...

If you think that is bad, read more about a embedded software package called Carrier IQ that is running deep in many Smart Phones. It is sending all kinds of data back to the carriers (and using up your precious overpriced data allotment as well). This Verizon report merely scratches the surface of what could be a true scandal.

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I agree...

the consumer should be able to decide.

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I guess it's something they

I guess it's something they admitted it.

There oughtta be a Law.....

Most aspects of life, You need to decide to do something in order for it to happen. So, if any company wants to use My information that they can only be aware of if I decide to be their customer, the Law of the Land should be that I must Opt In.

How about some politician putting that law up for a vote? I'm tired of having to take action to stay off lists.

The fine print always gets

The fine print always gets ya and it gets smaller each week.

Just add a middle initial

To see who is selling information, I usually put in a wrong middle initial when filling out non government forms. When the mail comes I immediately know it is junk mail. I change it every year to keep up. My initial from four years ago still keeps coming in the mail.

Re: There oughtta be a Law.....

Companies like verizon have bought most of the politicans just like every other major corporation has. That is the problem in this country and many others. Money talks and whomever has the most wins.
Most (not all) politicians do what gets them the most money to pay for the next election and you need look no further than what will be spent in the next election cycle. Candidates get the vast majority of their money from companies like verizon and when a politician can get $5k from a corporation or $25 from you who will they really value more?

What Law?

Frside007 wrote:

Re: There ought to be a law

Companies like verizon have bought most of the politicans just like every other major corporation has. That is the problem in this country and many others. Money talks and whomever has the most wins.
Most (not all) politicians do what gets them the most money to pay for the next election and you need look no further than what will be spent in the next election cycle. Candidates get the vast majority of their money from companies like verizon and when a politician can get $5k from a corporation or $25 from you who will they really value more?

While I share your feeling that corporations and wealthy individuals have too much influence in politics, I am unaware of any legislation that Verizon has had enacted that hereinafter permitted them to sell data that they had previously been constrained from doing.

Most people who rail against politicians (and government) say that we should support deregulation and let the free enterprise system work. Well, you have an example here of the free enterprise system at work. Selling data is big business now - think Google, Amazon, etc.

While I am uncomfortable with my phone habits being sold, I thought that Verizon was up front with disclosing that they were going to do so. I thought it was good that they would give customers a way to "opt out".

The OP gives a good example of how a debate can be framed. Instead of, say. "Verizon publically discloses", the article chose the words "publically admits" - trying to leave the impression that Verizon had committed some atrocity and was "admitting" it.

If you have to ask, you can't afford it

Frside007 wrote:

... Candidates get the vast majority of their money from companies like verizon and when a politician can get $5k from a corporation or $25 from you who will they really value more?

And you probably can't afford to hire them as a lobbyist for you once they leave "public service", but their corporate owners can.

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