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Verizon Asks Customers to Opt-In for Personal Info Snatching, Will Compensate With Coupon

This week, Verizon is to begin a campaign to show customers the benefits of opting into their new data-collecting service called Verizon Selects, part of the same Precision Marketing portfolio that we urged our readers to opt-out of.

First, you should know what Verizon Selects is. By acquiring usage data such as mobile web browsing history, your location, and “interest data” collected through application usage, Verizon Select allows third parties to offer advertisements that directly relate to you. Verizon is clear that the data is anonymous and is not distributed outside of Verizon, but to set your minds at ease, Verizon is offering customers who opt in a coupon or promotion to a major retailer of some kind.

We are asking customers to opt-in to Verizon Selects because of the types of information being used and because the capabilities provided to third-party marketers gives them the ability to reach customers directly. It’s important to remember that Verizon DOES NOT share information that identifies customers personally outside of Verizon.

You are not automatically signed up unless you do it yourself through their site, but if you either want to go sign up or make sure you’re not a part of this, then simply go here.

If you decide that a coupon is worth your personal information to be bundled up for special ads, then prepare to receive special offers in forms of texts, emails, postal mail, online ads, and mobile ads.

Via: Verizon

  • SpiderGoo

    Unlike the lie that is knowingly told by Droid Life, you actually are automatically signed up for this, unless you go to the Verizon Selects page, and you select “Yes” I want to opt-out of this data-mining bullsh!t. Droid Life being super shady again, at the request of their masters Verizion, again.

    Once you log in, you will see the main privacy page, and make sure you have already opted out of all of that trash. But the very bottom of that page, it mentions Verizon Selects, make sure to click the link that says “Learn More”, or something akin to that. Then on the Verizon Selects page, if you don’t want to be involved in this shady garbage, make sure you click YES. Like I said, “Yes” means that YES you want to opt-out. They no doubt chose to frame the questions and answers that way, because they know some people will think that if they are opting out of something, that they would say “No”, don’t track me. Of course, if you just read what is posted there, you will see that selecting “No” means you will have them tracking your every move, but well, some folks are impetuous. So don’t believe Shady Life here, you are in fact automatically opted-in unless you change this setting, because when I first went to the page, it was set as “No”.

  • Dan

    Thanks for the info!!!

    • SpiderGoo

      Don’t you mean “Thanks for the misinfo!!!”? I assume that is what you meant considering they lied when they claimed that you are not automatically opted-in, unless you sign up for this, because you in fact, are.

      • Dan

        I guess you are right; I went to the sight and made sure I was opted-out of everything. What Droid Life brought to the table was the link so I could go read and understand what the cold, cruel RED monster was doing to us!

  • iceburgh

    There is at the bottom of the page that says click here for more information on Verizon Selects, on the main page everything was set for not to share my information, but behold Verizon Selects has me as No to Block.

    So you should update the post saying you are signed up, and must click block.

    • SpiderGoo

      Verizon might not send Droid Life their paychecks as quickly, if they, you know, actually tell the truth and defy their master’s. Integrity, transparency, these are foriegn concepts here, unless you live to brown nose Kleenex and his jolly band of sycophants.

  • John Conner

    When I checked our company account, all our cellphones were opted-in apparently by default. Fixed that!

  • Mallahet

    Can you opt in and use the coupon to go buy a Nexus 4?

  • John Malin

    “It’s important to remember that Verizon DOES NOT share information that identifies customers personally outside of Verizon.”

    And then…

    “prepare to receive special offers in forms of texts, emails, postal mail, online ads, and mobile ads.”

    How can I get those from retailers if it is anonymous?

  • I have high hopes for Google/Dish’s wireless service. I can end my phone now but holding out until Google releases some info.

  • MattSweeden
  • Mark Mann

    ain’t no body got time for that!

  • gkinsella2

    Hilarious…the first page of services have us defaulted as saying, effectively, “yes, share my info”, and then we have to select “no, do not share”. Then we go to the 2nd page for Verizon Selects, and it defaults to “NO, do not block”, which is the same as a yes. How underhanded is that BS?!?!

    • Mark Mann

      i don’t get where you’re seeing a second page,, let alone “no, do not block”

    • Spongehead

      And then you have to go to a third page to actually opt-in. “Not blocked” does not equal “opted-in”. Not on my account, anyway. My lines weren’t blocked, but I wasn’t opted-in, either.

  • Mack

    Big thanks to Droid-Life for both this post and the previous one about “Customer Privacy Settings”. I might not have noticed those settings otherwise.

  • M

    I was definitely already signed up, even though I didn’t personally opt in. Thanks for the heads up so I could un-opt myself.

  • I just checked, I’m not auto opt-in on ANYTHING including this. So people need to freaking chill.

    • SpiderGoo

      Well then you already opted-out previously, or you need to stop huffing glue and watching reality tv before you post, because you are in fact opted-in to Verizon Selects, unless you go and change this setting. I unlike you, actually took the time to read and select the appropriate settings to opt-out of this new garbage, but if people want to believe your tales of idiocy, then so be it.

  • Suralin

    I had to do a double-take because they had “Block?” with “Yes/No” instead of “Allow/Disallow”, which made it seem like I was going to block myself from using my phone.

  • pissed

    ok so i go to do the opt out and yes you are opt in from the start or at least i was and when i change it to opt myselfout this is what i get… “We were unable to complete your requested change at this time. Please try again later.” F**k Verizon and their stupid money grubbing ways!

  • Suralin

    If the coupon was $10000 shopping spree…sure!

  • duke69111
  • strider_mt2k

    F that.

  • SexciiP

    Go shove that coupon up your sadity ass, Verizon

  • sk3litor

    I’ve had enough of this rigormorole. I’m calling the police.

  • Annoyed

    First time posted. Long time reader. I was automatically opted in. Thanks for bringing this crapola to my attention.

  • I would consider doing it if the coupon were for a discount on my next upgrade or a credit on my verizon wireless bill…