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    Verizon Wireless sells out customers with creepy new tactic

    Verizon Wireless sells out customers with creepy new tactic - latimes.com

    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.
    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.

    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."
    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.
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    Re: Verizon Wireless sells out customers with creepy new tactic



    That's for the general view.

    This is for internet.


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    Re: Verizon Wireless sells out customers with creepy new tactic

    "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.
    Ahum, and it's unique too I'll bet.

    I am so glad I never got out of the dumb phones me & spouse use, just text & talk, that's all we need. They, (phone providers) need to know nothing more than I want them to know.

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    This is closer to the tinfoil hat section. So Verizon Wireless is going to send you advertising, but you object to the idea that they are going to send you advertising that is more likely to be relevant to your interests. Complain about receiving advertising at all on a device you are paying for more than their desire to at least make the advertising applicable to you.

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    Re: Verizon Wireless sells out customers with creepy new tactic

    I think people like Doubleclick have been doing something similar for years.
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    Re: Verizon Wireless sells out customers with creepy new tactic

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    This is closer to the tinfoil hat section. So Verizon Wireless is going to send you advertising, but you object to the idea that they are going to send you advertising that is more likely to be relevant to your interests. Complain about receiving advertising at all on a device you are paying for more than their desire to at least make the advertising applicable to you.
    But that's part of the creepiness of all this data collection.

    I HATE targeted advertising, and it discourages me from visiting some online catalogues in which I'm interested. I know if I do, I'm going to be dogged for weeks.

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    Re: Verizon Wireless sells out customers with creepy new tactic

    Quote Originally Posted by AliHajiSheik View Post
    This is closer to the tinfoil hat section. So Verizon Wireless is going to send you advertising, but you object to the idea that they are going to send you advertising that is more likely to be relevant to your interests. Complain about receiving advertising at all on a device you are paying for more than their desire to at least make the advertising applicable to you.
    It means they'll be following me around as I go about the internet. People are already paying for Verizon, why should Verizon be forcing ads upon them as well. Ads are generally associated with free services that get their income from advertising while you're visiting their site. Not this sort of doubling up. Additionally if someone has a Verizon phone but some other internet service, they've got no business piggy backing like that either, imo.

    I know that there are some other sites that do this, but they are generally free sites. Perhaps it's not as untoward as I feel it is, but I can assure you that I will be recommending to my daughter to not switch our family plan to Verizon as the current contract not with Verizon is near to it's end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    It means they'll be following me around as I go about the internet. People are already paying for Verizon, why should Verizon be forcing ads upon them as well. Ads are generally associated with free services that get their income from advertising while you're visiting their site. Not this sort of doubling up. Additionally if someone has a Verizon phone but some other internet service, they've got no business piggy backing like that either, imo.

    I know that there are some other sites that do this, but they are generally free sites. Perhaps it's not as untoward as I feel it is, but I can assure you that I will be recommending to my daughter to not switch our family plan to Verizon as the current contract not with Verizon is near to it's end.
    So I recently made a purchase at JC Penney dot com on my desktop, after the purchase, I cleared my browser cache, and closed it afterwards.

    I then go back online, and visit a few websites, and ads for JC Penny and suggestions of what I had just purchased are present on the pages I view.

    So, clearing the cache doesn't even work.

    I'm not so sure I even like the internet anymore, not with the way our browsing history is tracked.

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    Re: Verizon Wireless sells out customers with creepy new tactic

    Quote Originally Posted by AJiveMan View Post
    So I recently made a purchase at JC Penney dot com on my desktop, after the purchase, I cleared my browser cache, and closed it afterwards.

    I then go back online, and visit a few websites, and ads for JC Penny and suggestions of what I had just purchased are present on the pages I view.

    So, clearing the cache doesn't even work.

    I'm not so sure I even like the internet anymore, not with the way our browsing history is tracked.
    Get an add-on called NoScript. You can block that stuff. It can be easy or not, but it's best if you just set it to disallow all javascript then temporarily allow the site requests one by one til the site works, then just close the browser or "Revoke Temporary Permissions" when you leave the page. The other thing is if you clicked the "Remember Me" aspect of signing in to a site, it'll put more than a cookie in cache, iirc. It's like staying signed into google, google can then follow me around even if I have them disallowed via NoScript, I haven't figured out why or how. If I sign out and use NoScript, it can't seem to follow me.
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    Re: Verizon Wireless sells out customers with creepy new tactic

    I agree with the OP. It's not only creepy, it smacks of an invasion of privacy. If you pay Verizon to provide a service - phone access and/or internet access - they should stick with providing you what you pay for, and never mind assuming that you're hiring them to be your personal assistant. I know you *can* fix the problem with a cache cleaning, but why should you even have to?

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