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Verizon Wireless Embroiled In Tracking Controversy

Verizon Wireless is in hot water with security and privacy advocates regarding unique identifier headers that function as what one EFF expert calls "perma-cookies."

(Image: Jonathan Mayer, Webpolicy.org)
(Image: Jonathan Mayer, Webpolicy.org)

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Kristin Burnham
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11/30/2014 | 6:10:36 PM
Re: A piece of my data
@progman2000 it really is, and yet another reason why some sort of oversight is essential.
Kristin Burnham
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11/30/2014 | 6:09:38 PM
Re: When you see a Problem it's also an Opportunity
@mak63 -- I think that's why this story is so important. Most Verizon Wireless customers don't know how important this is and why it's so important. 
mak63
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11/3/2014 | 2:36:51 PM
Re: When you see a Problem it's also an Opportunity
@Some Guy

Yes, I meant the general public. But the way, Net Privacy sounds like a good name for it.
Li Tan
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11/3/2014 | 4:23:40 AM
Re: When you see a Problem it's also an Opportunity
This will be a good opportunity to app developers to develope a special app to remove this customized header and you can download it for free.:-)
Some Guy
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10/31/2014 | 11:38:33 AM
Re: When you see a Problem it's also an Opportunity
Re: "Too bad most people won't understand a word ..."

Clearly you can't mean that for folks participating in this discussion board, can you?

For the general public, point taken, which is why you would market it as Net Privacy. It's also why they will pay one to do it for them.
mak63
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10/31/2014 | 1:41:10 AM
Re: When you see a Problem it's also an Opportunity
@Some Guy

Seems like a great opportunity to sell VPN to a web proxy that strips the header out for you ... and protects you from cookies and tracking in general.

It seems like a great idea. Too bad most people won't understand a word you just said.
Number 6
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10/30/2014 | 4:15:39 PM
Re: The only way
Forget about legislation. That won't happen until some Congressperson has a personal experience with their own information being used for questionable purposes. THEN they'll care.

See some of the history at http://radio-scanner-guide.com/RadioScannerGuidePart9C-Cellular.htm and note the Wilder and Gingrich episodes.
Some Guy
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10/30/2014 | 1:23:55 PM
When you see a Problem it's also an Opportunity
Seems like a great opportunity to sell VPN to a web proxy that strips the header out for you ... and protects you from cookies and tracking in general.

No need to be sad Mr. & Ms. Cyber-Stalked. Turn that frown upside-down and laugh all the way to the bank!
progman2000
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10/30/2014 | 11:29:08 AM
Re: A piece of my data
Ditto - I don't think I have joined or logged into any forum or website that wants me to use a social media account to do it.
MemphisITDude
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10/30/2014 | 11:17:09 AM
Always feel like... somebody's watchin' me...
Interesting article, and brings to mind some followup technical questions:

1. It is mentioned that the "perma-cookie" survives IP and location changes, but what about SIM card changes? There are affordable dual SIM phones available today, would it be possible to do all your browsing on a "burner sim" from a different carrier?

2. There's been a lot of news about the "Blackphone" recently - does it automatically VPN for you? Or would it be useless against this type of tracking?

3. The EFF representative says "We think Verizon needs to stop modifying users' Internet connections..." but it's not a true Internet connection. Back in the late 1990s when I connected (via dial-up) to a local university, I got a true Internet connection with a real Internet IP address. I could run any applications on it and while I was dialed in anyone in the world could establish a connection to my IP address. But what's being provided by Verizon (and your local ISP for that matter...) is limited and filtered to such an extent it probably should be labeled a "Web Browsing" connection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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