Verizon to Put Location Warning Labels on Phones
Apr 29, 2011, 7:28 AM by Eric M. Zeman
In a letter sent to congress concerning customer privacy issues with respect to location data, Verizon Wireless revealed that it plans to soon put a removable sticker on the display of new handsets that warns the user the device may be used to track their location. A sample sticker provided by Verizon Wireless read, "This device is capable of determining its (and your) physical and geographical location and can associate this location data with other customer information. To limit access to location information by others, refer to the user guide for Location settings and be cautious when downloading, accessing, or using applications and services." Verizon didn't say when the stickers might begin to appear. Other information shared by Verizon in the letter notes that it retains user data -- including location details -- for seven years, though it implied that only law enforcement has access to that information when needed. It is not provided or sold to other parties.
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