Verizon plans to share 'supercookie' tracking data with AOL ad network

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in iPhone edited October 2015
Beginning in November, Verizon will start sharing the data gathered by its so-called "supercookie" identifier with AOL's ad network -- potentially raising privacy and security concerns, a report noted on Wednesday.




The wireless carrier announced the shift via an update on its website, according to The Verge. Unlike most cookies, which originate from an individual site or group of sites, Verizon's identifier tracks subscribers as they move around the Internet for the sake of the company's Relevant Mobile Advertising and Verizon Selects ad programs.

The AOL Advertising Network has a presence on some 40 percent of websites, and affiliated parties could potentially build more detailed profiles of Verizon customers as a result. The carrier bought AOL in May.

Although Verizon subscribers can opt out of the supercookie, it's enabled by default and can potentially allow various parties to follow users around the Internet, including not just advertisers but savvy hackers and government agencies. The U.S. National Security Agency is known to use cookies from companies like Google to monitor people it wants to investigate.

Verizon may also lack full control over how authorized parties use its identifier. Earlier this year, an ad company called Turn was reviving the code on phones even after people tried to delete it. Verizon promised to make sure Turn was compliant with "the purposes we intended."
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  • Reply 1 of 33
    Good thing the FCC isn't run by an industry lobbyist...and the DOJ and FTC isn't for sale to the highest bidder. /s
  • Reply 2 of 33
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member
    Do people think we're going to just get so calloused by all the security and privacy breaches and intrusions that this sort of thing will simply be shrugged off?

    Maybeso.
  • Reply 3 of 33
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,274member
    Here is the direct link to make sure you are opted out. You'll have to sign in first. This is disgusting.

    https://ebillpay.verizonwireless.com/vzw/secure/setPrivacy.action
  • Reply 4 of 33
    tony1tony1 Posts: 258member
    Opted out of everything on that page.
  • Reply 5 of 33
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,897member

    Well, la-di-da, la-di-da. Verizon having fun now.

  • Reply 6 of 33
    pigybankpigybank Posts: 178member
    T-Mobile for the win.
  • Reply 7 of 33

    Thanks, opt-ed out!

  • Reply 8 of 33
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,276member

    Thanks for the link. I just opted out of everything. It's pretty ridiculous Verizon is doing this. The bad part about it is I'm sure the majority of customers will have no idea this is happening. 

  • Reply 9 of 33
    jfc1138 wrote: »
    Do people think we're going to just get so calloused by all the security and privacy breaches and intrusions that this sort of thing will simply be shrugged off?

    Maybeso.

    Could be - idk what the big deal is. Unless I'm missing something (entirely possible), it just tracks your browsing habits, right? They don't have access to your name, address or other personal info through the supercookie. As long as they don't, I could care less if they know what sites I go to. Just get shown ads for stuff I've already bought. Yippee
  • Reply 10 of 33
    suldsuld Posts: 5member
    Want to earn over internet from your couch at home by working easy jobs with your dekstop or laptop for 3-5 h a day, get 85 dollars hourly and get a paycheck at the end of each week and choose yourself the time when you work and for how long.
  • Reply 11 of 33
    suldsuld Posts: 5member

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  • Reply 12 of 33
    suldsuld Posts: 5member

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  • Reply 13 of 33
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    Good think the FCC isn't run by an Obama appointed industry lobbyist...and the Obama DOJ and FTC isn't for sale to the highest bidder. /s

    unlike the same under Bush?
  • Reply 14 of 33
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,274member
    nolamacguy wrote: »
    unlike the same under Bush?

    Or any administration regardless of political affiliations
  • Reply 15 of 33
    gtrgtr Posts: 3,231member
    @freshmaker

    "The company has been pushing its supercookies on users to track everything you ever do on a phone -- every email, every page you visit, everything you click. By doing that, they were able to build a data-rich dossier and sell it to marketers."

    If you're comfortable with all of that information being tied to a uniquely identifiable profile linked to your account in the hands of marketers that are guaranteed not to abuse that information at some point in the future then knock yourself out.
  • Reply 16 of 33
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    Originally Posted by pigybank View Post



    T-Mobile for the win.

    I would love to switch, but they're not quite there yet in terms of coverage (and from what I hear, LTE strength/speeds). Too iff-y for my needs.

     

    For now, ATT seems to be the less worse of the two biggies. News like this make me glad I am not with Verizon.

  • Reply 17 of 33
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    Originally Posted by Boltsfan17 View Post

     

    The bad part about it is I'm sure the majority of customers will have no idea this is happening. 


    That's so true. Primarily because most of the news media in this country are too busy chasing and reporting on shallow crap... whether in politics, business, or tech.

  • Reply 18 of 33
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 23,176member
    I would love to switch, but they're not quite there yet in terms of coverage (and from what I hear, LTE strength/speeds). Too iff-y for my needs.

    For now, ATT seems to be the less worse of the two biggies. News like this make me glad I am not with Verizon.
    ATT was doing the same thing until the fall of last year. Unless you were aware of it and took steps to opt out then your profile too may have been sold. Cricket, Bell Canada, Vodafone NL, and Vodafone Spain are other telcos that either were or still are using them.

    Pretty sure I had mentioned the supercookie problem last year.
  • Reply 19 of 33
    mwhitecomwhiteco Posts: 112member
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    Originally Posted by SirLance99 View Post



    Here is the direct link to make sure you are opted out. You'll have to sign in first. This is disgusting.



    https://ebillpay.verizonwireless.com/vzw/secure/setPrivacy.action



    Thanks, I thought I had already done it but wasn't sure how to check it this made it easier, Thanks again...

  • Reply 20 of 33
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    Originally Posted by Gatorguy View Post



    ATT was doing the same thing until the fall of last year. Unless you were aware of it and took steps to opt out then your profile too may have been sold.



    Pretty sure I had mentioned the supercookie problem last year.

    Thanks. I'll check.

     

    Ugh. 

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