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All Your Data Are Belong to Verizon!
hopmedic
Contributor

Check out this article on WPCentral, then go adjust your privacy settings on Verizon.

http://www.wpcentral.com/dont-want-verizon-collecting-information-your-activity-opt-out-now

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hopmedic
Contributor

And no, I don't believe this has anything to do with the rumored delay on WP8 devices on Verizon.  Verizon doesn't need access to phones to track data.  It goes through their network.  They can track it there.

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SickFreak
Specialist

Yea.... I remember seeing another article like this a while back - The default on the policy should be set to not share, but we all know these types of companies.

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OutlawFirebird1
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can't say i'm surprised.

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asphaltpilot
Enthusiast

From WebProNews:

AT&T is poised to be the number one carrier for Windows Phone 8 this holiday season. Many Verizon customers, who also happen to be Windows Phone fans, were distraught to find that the Lumia 920 was exclusive to AT&T. Now it looks like Verizon might not even carry a single Windows Phone because Microsoft cares too much about your privacy.

Wait, what?

You see, a recent privacy policy update allows Verizon to spy on and share users’ location data and Web usage habits. According toInternational Digital Times, Verizon is using this newfound power to share information with advertisers. The carrier gets ad dollars and advertisers get valuable tracking data to further target their ads.

Microsoft is having none of it. They won’t let Verizon install spyware on Windows Phone 8, and Verizon won’t carry the devices for that reason. Daily Mobile reports that both parties are working towards an agreement, but Microsoft seems unwilling to give any leeway to Verizon on the matter.

Where have I heard all of this before? Oh right, this is just like Microsoft’s current fight with advertisers over the “Do Not Track” button being set on by default in Internet Explorer 10. Microsoft has come out in defense of privacy, and advertisers don’t like it one bit. They even went as far as saying that advertisers could just ignore any DNT signals being sent by IE10.

So where does this leave Windows Phone 8 if this rumored situation ends up being true? Verizon is a major carrier and very popular among the populace. Windows Phone 8 can’t afford to lose such an important carrier, but Microsoft is wanting to be the good guy here. Will it be morality or cold hard cash that wins out in the end? My bet is on the latter.

We’ve reached out to Verizon and Microsoft on the issue and will update when he hear back.

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primortal
Master

This is really perplexing...

Why would verizon need access to the phone to get the data when they get the data from the internal network?

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_yankees_
Contributor

From what I have been hearing, Verizon employees were supposed to get hands on training on WP8 devices next week and it has been postponed. Something fishy is seriously going on

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LuvMyLabs
Contributor

Thanks for this information.

asphaltpilot...I hope for once the latter does not win out but I'm not holding my breath.

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hopmedic
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OutlawFirebird1
Enthusiast

Well in a week, we should have some more light on this matter, the 29th is the windows phone launch date. I would hope we would hear something about verizon  lineup then.

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