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August 3, 2017

Verizon’s latest rewards program shares gobs of your data

by John_A

Verizon has just fired up a new rewards program, but you might want to hold off if you’re concerned about your privacy. Brandon Robbins and other customers have noticed that enlisting in Up requires enrolling in a Verizon Selects personalized advertising program that tracks an extensive range of voluntary and automatic data: it’ll supply your app use, browsing habits, device location and personal demographics, among other details. Moreover, it shares that data with a wide circle of companies. Your info go to the newly formed AOL/Yahoo hybrid Oath (Engadget’s parent brand) as well as Verizon’s “vendors and partners.”

These requirements aren’t strictly new — a previous Smart Rewards program also asked you to sign up for Selects and hand over your personal data. It indicates that Verizon hasn’t scaled back its data collection, though, and this wouldn’t be much comfort if you found out what you were sharing only after it was too late.

We’ve asked Verizon for its take on the concerns and will let you know what it says. Whatever the response, though, this doesn’t help Verizon’s reputation for pervasive ad tracking. While it’s important to stress that this is opt-in rather than opt-out, it’s not going to make you happy if you’d rather not hand over that much sensitive material just to get some perks.

Via: The Verge

Source: Brandon Robbins (Twitter)

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