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Presidential emergency alerts on my Droidx
Sunshine_
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I have received 4 tests of the presidential emergency system on my Droidx.  I want this gone.  My privacy has been violated and I want to know the steps to remove this "virus" from my phone.  Do I have to replace my phone to get rid of it?  Who gave Verizon the right to invade my privacy in this way?  Has anyone started a class action on this issue yet?  This seems to be DroidX specific. Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I need my phone to be secure.

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Ann154
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It is related to the weather alerts It looks like you can't opt out of the Presidential alerts.

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

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Sunshine_
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Can Accuweather be deleted or disabled on the DroidX?  I am really trying to keep my phone secure and it seems like it is bombarded with useless updates and time wasting ads in addition to all of the information it stores in multiple Cache locations. 

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bearone21
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not weather on the dx & it's just been implemented. won't happen on the iphone.

on the droid x, market key or the screen to the right of the home screen, icon that looks like a red cross, touch to open/menu settings/notifications...you can uncheck all but presidential.

i bet you live near andrews afb & get the presidential every time he comes & goes.

you go ahead & start the class action, probably not your 1st c a i'd bet.

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Ann154
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Sunshine! wrote:

Can Accuweather be deleted or disabled on the DroidX?  I am really trying to keep my phone secure and it seems like it is bombarded with useless updates and time wasting ads in addition to all of the information it stores in multiple Cache locations. 

Accuweather wasn't the app causing the alerts in the discussion that I linked.  If you read down further, you would have seen that was an option within the stock text message app.

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

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fghtr3803
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ok seriously i gotta know how your privacy has been violated?!?!?!?! Personally if the president did come out an issue something serious and i wasnt home i would wanna know about it.

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bearone21
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don't sugarcoat it s much, say what you really mean.

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ACASK
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Privacy is the 'state or condition of being free from being observed or disturbed by others.' The word arises from the Latin privatus, meaning "separated from the rest". By forcing Sunshine (and everyone else) to have this on their phones, they are invading the privacy of individuals. Moreover, they are creating a nuisance, which is an actionable tort under most western systems of common law.

There are those among us who, frankly, don't want to be disturbed. If you do want to get Presidential Alerts, then you should be allowed to check the box. I wouldn't even mind if it had come checked by default, and I had to manually un-check it. But that's not what happened. Someone in Washington made the decision for you and me that this feature will be installed, activated and guarded against deactivation by the user.

You'll notice that I am posting about a year after your response to Sunshine's legitimate question (one which you weren't even bothering to answer). This is still an issue for many American consumers. (You remember America? Land of the free? Not Orwell's 1984, which is where we live now.) There are a great many people who are concerned about this issue, and want the option to turn this off.

The easiest means to achieve this is to install a text messaging app to replace your current, default text messaging app (usually com.android.sms). This works in most cases, and you usually get a much better text messaging app in the process.

If you have a dedicated "Emergency Alerts" app, things get tougher.>Comments/discussions concerning rooting deleted to comply with VZW ToS< 

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