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Verizon is tracking mobile users online, researcher says

Bill Snyder | Oct. 29, 2014
Verizon Wireless is using cookie-like tokens that let advertisers track customers on the Web so they can serve targeted ads, according to an Electronic Frontier Foundation researcher.

It's worth noting that Verizon is not just tracking users, but actually modifying the website requests the users' phones make, a tactic that merits the term chutzpah, in my opinion. As Hoffman-Andrews put it: "Verizon is paid by its customers to serve as a trusted connection to the Internet. They should not violate that trust by modifying their customers' traffic without explicit consent."

At the very least, and I'm being generous here, Verizon should have disclosed this practice a long time ago. Instead, it waited for whistleblowers to ferret it out.


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