Verizon Wireless Customers Will Now Be Able to Opt Out of 'supercookie' Tracker

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  1. dgstorm

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    All jokes aside, this newest bit of news is a reason for cheering instead of laughing. Verizon announced a new policy change in which users on their network will be able to "opt out" of the so-called "supercookie" tracker which has popped up in the news over the years.

    To refresh your memory, for sometime Verizon has included an undeletable, unique identifier header in a tracking cookie whenever anyone uses a device on their wireless network. They claimed that it wasn't a security issue, but several reports suggested otherwise. Apparently, the big dogs at Big Red decided they had enough of the backlash from it and are now offering folks the ability to say no.

    To opt-out, you can hunt around on Verizon's website or call 1-866-211-0874 and they can help you with it over the phone. This doesn't entirely solve the issue, as several consumer advocacy groups have would rather Verizon use the "opt-in" approach, but at least some progress has been made. Here's a quote with the final details,

    What do you think about this issue? Is it a valid privacy concern, or does it make a mountain out of a mole-hill?

    Source: NYTimes
     
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    I mean... When you really stop to think about it, they were doing the same thing that Google does to us...

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    Except Google's tracking cookies are less exploitable by malware and third party companies. The problem with the VZW "supercookie" is that it creates an undeletable, unique identifier header.
     
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    True. That part sucks. Glad I already opted out. ;) Too little too late though. I'm sure they've got plenty on me.

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    Interesting. When I went in to check my privacy settings, they were all already set to "don't share". I don't know if they allowed opting out in the past, but I haven't changed anything in the privacy settings a long time. Did they maybe change everyone to that and now are using an "opt in" method?
     
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    Mine were on by default.

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    Hmmm. I guess I was just ahead of the curve. o_O
     
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    easy to change with the link above, good job.
     
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    All of mine were already set to "Don't Share".
    They flipped an internal switch and the cookie doesn't get generated anymore. I checked.
     
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    Mine were off by default.
     
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    Wonder if the back pedaled further and made it OPT-IN after I opted out. I caught this article elsewhere this morning.

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    Both of our accounts were already set to "Don't share" as well.
    Thanks for the link though stormy!

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