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Verizon Privacy

Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff 75

Posted by samzenpus
from the do-your-worst dept.
mpicpp points out a new program from Verizon that is perfect if you don't mind being tracked. Are you comfortable having your location and Web browsing tracked for marketing purposes? If so, Verizon's got a deal for you. The wireless giant announced a new program this week called 'Smart Rewards' that offers customers credit card-style perks like discounts for shopping, travel and dining. You accrue points through the program by doing things like signing onto the Verizon website, paying your bill online and participating in the company's trade-in program. Verizon emphasizes that the data it collects is anonymized before it's shared with third parties. The program is novel in that offers Verizon users some compensation for the collection of their data, which has become big business for telecom and tech companies. Some privacy advocates have pushed data-collecting companies to reward customers for their personal information in the interest of transparency.
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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

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  • by rmdingler (1955220) on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @07:34PM (#47519683)
    It sounds like the Google business plan being explained to me like I was five-years-old.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @09:25PM (#47520171)
    Who told you about that?!
  • by Ol Olsoc (1175323) on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @09:33PM (#47520215)

    Wow, conspiracy nut..... whats next, the pin prick they give each child at birth for blood typing etc is actually inserting a miniature tracing beacon.

    They start even sooner than that. Those sonograms expectant mothers get are actually hypnotoc coded instructions to the fetus that will turn them into jack booted thugs when they hear the keyword "Limbaugh" pronounced backwards. Then the Illuminati and Beyonce will implement the final portions of the new world order.

    The clue is in the rainbows we can now see because of the essential fluid weakening chemicals and flourine they have been putting in our water.

    Here is the incontrovertble proof. Stop those damn liberals NOW!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

    Wake UP America!!

  • by nukenerd (172703) on Thursday July 24, 2014 @04:36AM (#47521221)

    They're offering me discounts on stuff I probably don't need

    My daughter (aged 10 at the time) filled in a paper-based marketing survey on the promise that you would get rewarded with 1000 GBP (but I'll use $$) in vouchers. Seemed too good to be true, but they were true to their word! A thick wad of vouchers came. The vouchers were something like :

    .. $100 off a new Rolls Royce
    .. $100 off a new house
    .. $50 off recarpeting my whole house
    .. $50 off having a swimming pool installed
    ...$50 off a world cruise
    .. $5 off some hotel in Singapore
    .. $5 off at some restaurant in the North of Scotland
    .. $1 off beauty treatment at some place in Northern Ireland
    .. $1 off a life subscription to a church magazine
    .. One penny off budgerigar food
    .. and so on

    I had the last laugh though. Everything my daughter put down was a joke, like saying (in my name) I kept weasels (some people do). I got free copies of a quarterly Weasel magazine for the next two years

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