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(BGR)   How to stop Verizon from selling your location data and other usage stats to advertisers   (bgr.com ) divider line
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15027 clicks; posted to Main » on 10 Oct 2012 at 2:09 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-10-10 02:11:54 PM  
2 votes:

dittybopper: Step 1: Don't use a mobile phone.
Step 2: ???
Step 3: They don't profit.


Don't use Verizon Wireless.
2012-10-10 06:22:10 PM  
1 vote:
Mrs.Kritter has a Verizon phone with the friends & family plan. Last week Verizon woke her up at 4:39AM with an advertising call. Oh, she was thrilled with that.

Every month her bill is incorrect. She has to call to have it corrected. Next month, happens again. This tells me Verizon does this on purpose, knowing some people don't even check their bills and just pay them.

It's not enough they are making good profits. Like so many other corporations in america they willingly and gladly stoop to unscrupulous business practices to inflate their bottom line.
2012-10-10 04:38:40 PM  
1 vote:

ProfessorOhki: They might be able to tell that iPhone users are most active between the hours of 12 and 2, and generally use 80% of their monthly bandwidth, with 50% of that going to YouTube!

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2600 v29#2 has a piece on how to firewall your i-phone to stop just this sort of thing. it starts on page 29
2012-10-10 04:28:36 PM  
1 vote:
Helpful information. I'm an AT&T customer - the article had a link to the AT&T opt out form.
2012-10-10 04:11:54 PM  
1 vote:
I think its a good thing. Maybe it'll inspire these jerks to finally use hardcore porn to advertise to us when they realize thats what 80-99% of our usage is.
2012-10-10 03:50:38 PM  
1 vote:

Lenny_da_Hog: Slaxl: Can someone tell me why I should be concerned about these things?

It doesn't matter if they know where *you* are.

It does matter if they know where *millions* are. They don't care what your name is -- you have a number, like a tagged sheep, and by watching how we all wander, they learn how to manipulate us in great numbers.

It's applied sociology, and it's what runs our political campaigns. Why take the time to explain the value of a product when I can just tag you, find out what you respond to through aggregate data (as you'll lie on surveys, even if you don't realize you're lying), and manipulate you without your knowing?


Political campaigns? In America? There is no real choice anyway, so it doesn't matter. If you want a real demacracy, look at any parliamentary system with proportional representation.
2012-10-10 03:39:29 PM  
1 vote:

Slaxl: Can someone tell me why I should be concerned about these things?


It doesn't matter if they know where *you* are.

It does matter if they know where *millions* are. They don't care what your name is -- you have a number, like a tagged sheep, and by watching how we all wander, they learn how to manipulate us in great numbers.

It's applied sociology, and it's what runs our political campaigns. Why take the time to explain the value of a product when I can just tag you, find out what you respond to through aggregate data (as you'll lie on surveys, even if you don't realize you're lying), and manipulate you without your knowing?
2012-10-10 03:03:38 PM  
1 vote:

ChipNASA: ChipNASA: dittybopper: Step 1: Don't use a mobile phone.
Step 2: ???
Step 3: They don't profit.

Don't use Verizon Wireless.

Don't use AT&T


Nuke Madison Avenue.
2012-10-10 03:01:59 PM  
1 vote:

AbbeySomeone: dittybopper: Step 1: Don't use a mobile phone.
Step 2: ???
Step 3: They don't profit.

I read this and my computer was loading google analytics and facebook. Thanks Drew.


Ghostery add-on.
2012-10-10 02:58:46 PM  
1 vote:
Never had an issue with Verizon, but I don't like this - so I went to the Verizon site mentioned in the article, signed in, and even though I don't have an iPhone or just bought a smart phone in the last 30 days, I was still able to opt out of sharing my info from my Blackberry! Thanks!!!
2012-10-10 02:37:23 PM  
1 vote:
They might be able to tell that iPhone users are most active between the hours of 12 and 2, and generally use 80% of their monthly bandwidth, with 50% of that going to YouTube!

halfpintwords.files.wordpress.com
2012-10-10 02:32:09 PM  
1 vote:
I think the opt out is the big button that runs nothing after it gets pushed, but it really makes everyone feel better.
2012-10-10 02:18:29 PM  
1 vote:

Whack-a-Mole: Reading this soon on my Verizon phone, will get a kick...


We ALL See What You Did There.....
2012-10-10 02:14:51 PM  
1 vote:
Or; you could turn the locator feature off; like a normal person.
2012-10-10 02:14:35 PM  
1 vote:

ChipNASA: ChipNASA: dittybopper: Step 1: Don't use a mobile phone.
Step 2: ???
Step 3: They don't profit.

Don't use Verizon Wireless.

Don't use AT&T


Change you're piracy settings.
2012-10-10 02:13:15 PM  
1 vote:

ChipNASA: dittybopper: Step 1: Don't use a mobile phone.
Step 2: ???
Step 3: They don't profit.

Don't use Verizon Wireless.


Don't use AT&T
2012-10-10 11:39:46 AM  
1 vote:
Step 1: Don't use a mobile phone.
Step 2: ???
Step 3: They don't profit.
 
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