Verizon Wireless accused of violating wiretap laws

CNET reports that Verizon Wireless is likely doing deep packet sniffing on customers’ phones and tablets app and web usage and that it might be violating federal wiretapping laws:

[Verizon Wireless] this month began offering reports to marketers showing what Verizon subscribers are doing on their phones and other mobile devices, including what iOS and Android apps are in use in which locations. Verizon says it may link the data to third-party databases with information about customers’ gender, age, and even details such as “sports enthusiast, frequent diner or pet owner.”

“We’re able to view just everything that they do,” Bill Diggins, U.S. chief for the Verizon Wireless marketing initiative, told an industry conference earlier this year. “And that’s really where data is going today. Data is the new oil.”

Deep packet sniffing is exactly the privacy violation that VPNs can protect again.   A PPTP connection or OpenVPN connection can protect you will using 3G or 4G services, but at home by running a VPN on your WiFi router you can be seamlessly protected.

You could say well I trusted Verizon and look what happened why should I trust another company in this case a VPN provider?   That VPN provider is selling you a service based on privacy and security.   If they fail to provide that they are done.   Verizon and other telecoms are selling you content, service and devices then selling you to the highest bidder.   They get their money either way and every way.


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