Verizon Joins AT&T, Offers Full Supercookie Opt-Out to Everyone

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  1. dawg

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    With Verizon under fire from privacy activists, the carrier announced this week that it will allow users to opt out completely of its so-called “supercookies” that track their every online action.

    The supercookie controversy started in 2014, when Verizon and AT&T were found to be using these cookies to monitor users’ Internet activities. Verizon, for instance, used supercookies to track a user’s interests for the purpose of advertising and marketing, so that companies can roll out better-targeted ads. However, watchdog groups have been all over supercookies, due to the very fact that they collect user information and forward it to advertisers, and the perception that hackers could make use of them to use such information for nefarious purposes.


    Supercookies have been called as such as they are extremely difficult to delete – if you’re a Verizon customer, that means you have to unsubscribe from Precision Market Insights through the carrier’s website or mobile app, or over the phone with a customer service representative. This is different from ordinary cookies, which can easily be removed through your browser. And with activists and consumers up in arms over supercookies, Verizon announced Friday that it is allowing its subscribers to opt out of the officially-named Unique Identifier Header, or UIDH. This comes two months after AT&T ceased its usage of supercookies after similar uproar.

    “Verizon takes customer privacy seriously and it is a central consideration as we develop new products and services,” said Verizon representative Debra Lewis. “We have begun working to expand the opt-out to include the identifier referred to as the UIDH, and expect that to be available soon. As a reminder, Verizon never shares customer information with third parties as part of our advertising programs.”

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    crazypreacher Not followin whitey's rules

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    Meanwhile I'm browzing with google and microsoft robots up my ass the minute I boot up.
     
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    Turtle Man Hello Darling

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    That's so hot
     
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    that's good news. But it's yet another reason I maintain a VPN.
     
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    The truth about the world is that nobody is really thinking about you and what you're doing.


    So the modern rise in libertarian whining is silly. No government agency or private corporation cares about what you're doing. It's all in your head.
     
  8. I invented that

    I invented that VIP Extreme Gold

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    crazy shit people say to get attention.
     
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    O.K. so how do we opt out?.
     
  10. Jayla

    Jayla Ou ai-je l'esprit? Gold

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    Great. Another thing to worry my little brain about.
     
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    I do believe this is the "cookie" that the NSA piggybacks. Mind you, at least one of your American ISP's splits/copies traffic directly anyway.
     
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    Dorb Tough Old Pig VIP Gold

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    There are programs that eliminate cookies and bots and spyware even the toughest ones.
    One is called spybot and another is ad-aware.
    Problem is that there are a lot of fake versions of these 2 programs and installing the wrong ones will add all kinds of crap and spyware on your computer.
     
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    Okay... my head hurts just trying to understand that gobble-dee-gook...:facepalm: