How to stop Verizon from monitoring your Web habits

Not OK with Verizon monitoring your mobile Web habits? We'll show you how to opt out.

Verizon Wireless updated its privacy policy last week to allow the collection of your location data and the addresses of Web sites you visit on your mobile device.

If you're OK with the changes, no further action is required; everyone was automatically opted in. But if you feel a little uneasy with Big Red acting more like Big Brother, here's how to opt out:

To review the info on the update, read Verizon's update notice.

Verizon Wireless

To opt out online, log in to your account at VZW's Web site and click on the "Please Read" link in the upper-right-hand corner. If you're already logged in, you can also access your privacy settings by going directly to Verizon's privacy page.

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Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Once at the privacy settings page, you'll be allowed to opt out of individual lines on your account or all your phones. Choose your privacy preferences in each section (CPNI, Business & Marketing Reports, and Mobile Advertising) and don't forget to click "Save Changes."

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Screenshot by Ed Rhee

If you prefer to opt out over the phone, call 1-866-211-0874.

(Source: Android Central via Computerworld)

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at


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