Letters to Editors
Verizon is tracking millions of customers as they browse the internet on their mobile phones. We have to tell Verizon to stop this violation of their privacy.
For the past two years, whenever Verizon Wireless customers visit a website, the company has been adding a unique identification code. This code means that Verizon can track each and every website that customers visit – and most people don’t even know about it!
When customers visit a website on their phone, Verizon adds something called a Unique Identifier Header (UIDH). A UIDH is a string of about 50 letters, numbers and characters that acts like a serial number. These codes allow advertisers to identify customers on the web so they can send targeted advertisements.
Even worse, customers cannot turn off the UIDH. So whether or not they give consent, Verizon is sending out customers’ unique identifiers to the websites they visit. Verizon won’t stop tracking people unless it hears from enough customers asking them to stop this violation of privacy, so it’s up to us to convince them.
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