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Senators Question Verizon's Use of Supercookies

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Feb 6, 2015, 3:38 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Feb 6, 2015, 3:40 PM

Democratic senators have sent letters to the FTC and FCC asking them to investigate Verizon's use of supercookies, particularly how they pertain to consumer privacy. The supercookies allow Verizon to track customer behavior, including web browsing history, for advertising purposes and cannot be turned off. Security researchers recently discovered that the supercookies, unique codes assigned to subscribers, could be used by third parties to track consumers and were in fact used to that end by a company called Turn. Once Verizon learned of Turn's use of the supercookies it quickly reversed course and said it will allow consumers to opt out. The senators aren't happy with Verizon's actions and wonder if it violated its customers' privacy. Verizon said it takes its customers' privacy seriously and will respond to the letters.

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Feb 8, 2015, 12:05 PM

Those Dems need to go on permanent vacation

So...good work, Dems. 🙄
Good way to jump on a potential problem after it was already solved by one of those evil corporations.
While you are looking in to those "privacy violations", will you also look into the privacy violations currently going on in the departments of the NSA, CIA, FBI and IRS? All controlled by the current administration...
what irritates me even more is the idea of Verizon policies being scrutinized by a bunch of 80 year olds who don't even understand the technology under question.. These are the same kind of people who freak out if someone uninstalls Internet Explore...
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