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Verizon Plans to Start Tracking Your Mobile Information


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Posted 13 October 2011 - 04:17 PM

According to an article at droid-life.com.

Emails were sent out to Verizon Wireless customers over the last couple of days, informing them that their privacy policy had changed. Included in the email was a list of the things that Big Red was planning to start tracking, leading many of us to say, “Wait whaaaaa?” Addresses of URLs you visit, location of your device, apps that you have played with, etc. are all things that they plan to track. Annoyed by that? OK, then let us all opt-out.


Copy of the email as supplied by droid-life: https://email.vzwshop.com/servlet/website/ResponseForm?OSPECC_9_0_9hg_eLnHs_uhmpJLE.40yv3BZF.3df7beD9vf

Full droid-life.com article: http://www.droid-life.com/2011/10/13/verizon-plans-to-start-tracking-your-mobile-information-instead-of-freaking-out-simply-opt-out-of-it/

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 09:37 PM

Quite intrusive huh??

I dunno if OPTING OUT would really be good or not! (If they honour it but can you really be sure?)

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 12:36 AM

Invasion of privacy, why would they even do this?

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 01:49 PM

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 11:39 PM

well, if droid life is accurate there should be the option to opt out if theyre doing it, so far to date, there is not tracking services on my plan for my phone on the verizon store, so they must not have gotten around to me. Not that it matters-my phone is equipped to disable all GPS tracking except for emergency services-and I can do it via phone. And if worse comes to worse and they find a way around that I can always just root it.

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 12:33 AM

What is root and i heard it was illegal?

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 01:02 AM

It gives the user of an Android OS phone, root access.
It gives you administrative privileges of the OS, and therefore, a way around the restrictions applied to your phone by the carriers, and manufacturers.
An example would be, being able to uninstall all of the useless apps that come on your phone from the factory.
It also allows you to install custom versions of Android.
It will also give you the ability to give root permissions to certain apps, that require root access.

I'm guessing it's basically the same as jailbreaking an Apple phone.

It's not illegal, but some manufacturers consider it as voiding the warranty.
If you need warranty work, you just have to unroot the phone, and there's no easy way to tell it has ever been rooted. :)
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 02:48 AM

Ahh, thanks for the explanation tg1911!! Those things that you can do to the phone seems to be perfectly legal and is useful especially the removal of the useless apps.

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 03:12 AM

You're quite welcome, killerx525.
Being able to remove the crapware is why my phone was rooted within a week of getting it.
Dell really likes to load tons of garbage, on their products. :)
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 04:07 AM

Most phone makers loads crap into there phone plus at the moment i am looking at buying the Samsung Galaxy SII.

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 07:14 PM

Invasion of privacy, why would they even do this?

They probably know MOST PEOPLE WONT BOTHER OPTING OUT.. (Its sad how many DO NOT CARE ABOUT THIER PRIVACY ANYMORE :()




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