Verizon selling even more privacy data to marketing agencies, opt-out terms unclear
If you are a Verizon customer, did you know that Verizon is “enhancing” their Relevant Mobile Advertising program? This enhancement now allows Verizon to collect and hand over your online habits to marketers with creepy precision. On top of it all, the message that Verizon uses to tell customers about this enhancement is quite short so you do not have to worry about any of those pesky details!
Better yet, Verizon is enrolling you in their “enhanced” program by automatically downloading software onto your computers, which some of you all may not even know is happening. Therefore, you can now expect Verizon to monitor not just your wireless activities but also what you do on wired or Wi-Fi-connected laptop or desktop computers, even if your computer doesn’t have a Verizon connection.
Verizon is enrolling you in their 'enhanced' program by automatically downloading software onto your computers
If you do not want Verizon to monitor all connected devices in your life so that they can make more millions off marketing affiliates, you can thankfully opt out. How do you opt out? We are not sure since Verizon has not told us but not to worry as they surely will at some point in the future!
If you are a potential customer of Verizon, think of these reasons as assurances of Verizon’s commitment towards your privacy:
- If you are a Verizon customer and want an unlisted phone number, Verizon will gladly do so for a sizeable monthly fee.
- Verizon has been hard at work with the NSA for its customer privacy by giving the NSA wholesale collection of every shred of data touching their networks and even giving government agencies advice on how precisely to break wiretap and privacy law.
- Verizon is keeping extreme care in handing over cloud data, which they store in other countries, because of existing oversight rules and international law even when various intelligence experts, analysts and academics all say Verizon’s arguments are misleading (or just plain wrong) on a number of levels.