Carriers never miss a chance to be a bit more evil. Verizon is a prime suspect here, when it was revealed that they use a program called Precision Market Insights to sell private data to other companies. The data isn’t just location or anything simple like that, it’s also your device, websites you’ve visited, social media accounts used, age, and even if you own a pet. That’s a pretty scary level of detail, if you ask me.
Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, had this to say:
“I don’t see any substantive difference between collecting content from one person and turning it over to someone, and collecting it from multiple people, aggregating that information and then turning the aggregated data over to someone else… In the end, there is still a capturing of content from the user at some point — and that’s what the potential (Wiretap Act) problem is.”
Of course, Verizon has found a loophole: It offers an opt-out. Unfortunately, most people will never know about it. But that’s why we are here, to try to spread that message. Click this entire sentence to opt out of this data collection, we’ll make it extra long so you don’t miss.