Verizon Wireless sells out customers with creepy new tactic - latimes.com
Okay this is creepy, imo. However if the part of the article below is accurate, you should be able to simply clear your cookies after a session at Verizon and be safe. Additionally, may I again recommend NoScript and learn how to use.By David Lazarus April 24, 2014, 7:04 p.m.
As far as corporate notices go, they don't get much creepier than this recent alert from Verizon Wireless.
The company says it's "enhancing" its Relevant Mobile Advertising program, which it uses to collect data on customers' online habits so that marketers can pitch stuff at them with greater precision.
"In addition to the customer information that's currently part of the program, we will soon use an anonymous, unique identifier we create when you register on our websites," Verizon Wireless is telling customers.
"This identifier may allow an advertiser to use information they have about your visits to websites from your desktop computer to deliver marketing messages to mobile devices on our network," it says.
That means exactly what it looks like: Verizon will monitor not just your wireless activities but also what you do on your wired or Wi-Fi-connected laptop or desktop computer — even if your computer doesn't have a Verizon connection.
One other option that comes to mind is a Firefox private window wherein it won't keep any cookies or cache from the sites you visit while in private window mode, or so it says.Debra Lewis, a Verizon Wireless spokeswoman, explained to me that when a customer registers on the company's "My Verizon" website to see a bill or watch TV online, a "cookie," or tracking software, is downloaded onto the customer's home computer.
Most cookies are benign, allowing websites to provide better service to frequent visitors.
Verizon Wireless' cookie allows a data-collection company working on Verizon's behalf — Lewis declined to name which one — to gather information on which sites you visit after you leave "My Verizon."