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byron mc

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I just saw this and even though it is almost 3 weeks old no one else has posted this on The Ghost.

VZW intros new opt-out policy for dissemination of calling records
October 12, 2007
"CPNI comprises users’ calling records and includes the numbers of incoming and outgoing calls and time spent on each call, among other data. Verizon Wireless last week began sending letters notifying customers that they have 30 days to opt out of the program by calling an 800 number before their information would be shared.

Verizon Wireless is requiring customers to opt out of allowing the carrier to share their customer proprietary network information (CPNI), a new policy that could spark protest from the carrier’s customers.

While Verizon Wireless’s latest effort may not violate FCC policies—the carrier’s partners may not be planning to use it to advertise communications-related services."

Full article here:
http://www.rcrnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071012/FREE/71012004/1002/FREE

and related:

CEO of Skydeck, He emphasizes that he welcomes mobile ads but has a beef with Verizon: it failed to be crystal clear about how it intends to use customer information, including phone call records, now and in the future.
http://skydeck.com/blog/mobilemarket/get-ready-for-more-advertising-on-your-cell-phone/#more-109

Verizon Wireless Verizon Shares Your Call Data Unless You Opt-Out
No you can't break your contract over this. They aren't changing the contract. They are just sharing your data--which you already agreed to in your contract. This is a COURTESY on VZW's part.
They own all your statistical data. Now they want to share your name with the people they already give the statistical data to.
BY DRAGONPHYRE AT 10/15/07
http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/verizon-wireless/verizon-shares-your-call-data-unless-you-opt+out-311102.php

That means that they’ll sell your information unless you explicitly tell them not to. Verizon is attempting to spin this into a pro-consumer move by stating that they “need your permission to sell this information” and that they “will not sell your information to marketers”.  Of course, this is the same company sells “unlimited” data plans with unspoken 4gb limits. Furthermore, they’ve chosen awfully vague language for their notice — an “affiliate” can be anyone. And as far as saying “we won’t sell your information without your permission” goes, they go on to state that your permission is assumed unless you inform them otherwise.
http://floor9.com/wireless/270

Verizon Wireless may just be a first mover among other telcos. The race is on in the telecom industry to tap the well of advertising for mobile services, and this opt-out approach is guaranteed to give Verizon a lot of CPNI data to share, an undeniable treasure trove of information for marketers.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20071014-verizon-wireless-if-you-dont-opt-out-we-get-to-share-your-cpni-call-data.html


"You may want to find out just how long your "opt out" function runs for though, Some companies are using a sunset provision allowing them to sell info after a designated amount of time. "
-S_engineer
http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r19260862-

The Verizon Wireless CPNI notice is a 12 page long leaflet that is far broader in scope.
http://crunchgear.com/2007/10/15/attention-all-verizon-wireless-customers-read-this-now/#comment-480832

http://tripleventi.com/2007/10/05/if-you-have-verizon-wireless/

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/14/1844209&from=rss


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Well I guess since I'm in the market for a new cellphone from another thread here I will not be going with Verizon Wireless. And just another reason to get a phone with a nominee without a contract or a Tracphone without giving your name.
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Opt out - 2009
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 01:25:03 pm »

the link to do it online:
https://ebillpay.verizonwireless.com/vzw/accountholder/profile/CPNISettings.action

detailed instructions:
http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2009/03/08/verizons-nasty-littl.html

or:
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Verizon has made the online copies of this legalese document inaccessible to some of its own subscribers.
I can get to mine, so here it is:
http://gadgets.boingboing.net/gimages/verizon/DownloadDocument.pdf


You have 45 days to opt out or you "agree" that Verizon can share your personal data.
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they'll share subscribers' personal information unless you explicitly opt out. It does not provide instructions on how to do so without calling them, customers report that calling them is no help,
March 8, 2009

also the 83 million Alltel customers that were added to Verizon 2 months ago:
http://thementalmilitia.com/forums/index.php?topic=20421.0
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location tracking history data
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2011, 08:10:23 am »

My my my how Verizon has backtracked. see this TMM thread:
AT&T, Verizon To Require Opt-In For tracking customer Web behavior
http://thementalmilitia.com/forums/index.php?topic=19143.0

and today:
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a tweak to its privacy policy that will allow the carrier to monitor your physical movements and browsing activities. It actually did much the same thing back in 2007 to monitor phone calls. The aim, of course, is to tailor ads to your interests, while also gathering information about your habits that it can sell on to others in the form of "business and marketing reports." Oh, one more thing: VZW promises not to share any information about you "personally" and it also gives you the option to opt out. (Opt out.)
Oct 14th 2011
http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/14/verizon-wants-to-know-where-you-go-what-you-look-at-thats-all/

So they added location tracking history data as being opt out only. highly not surprised.

via
Verizon Privacy Changes: Verizon Now Monitors And Shares Your Web Surfing Information
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/13/verizon-privacy-changes_n_1009415.html

Here's where to opt out if you have a verizon mobile phone:
https://email.vzwshop.com/servlet/website/ResponseForm?OSPECC_9_0_9hg_eLnHs_uhmpJLEy7waUTTFz1uy75zve10bvuzD9vf

Or
Calling 1-866-211-0874

oh also of note your website browsing history via a verizon mobile phone:
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Verizon that stores your website browsing history for the longest. They keep it for a full 90 days
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