Verizon set to put warning stickers on all phones that may provide location information

Verizon has issued a written response to Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey’s call for answers on the recent revelations that phones may provide your location data without your knowledge. The letter written by Peter B. Davidson, who is the Senior Vice President of Federal Government Relations at Verizon, goes into detail on how Verizon goes to great lengths to inform and protect its customers from revealing their location data to third parties.

Verizon now plan on taking a further step to include a sticker on every phone that it sells; warning users that it could track location data. The removable sticker will be placed on the screen of the device. Verizon say that the labels will start to appear very soon. We assume that this will include all models of the iPhone too.

Apple has already released a Q&A to address its customer concerns; Apple and Google are still due to appear at a hearing in May to explain their roles in the situation in more detail.

[Electronista]

 

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Verizon set to put warning stickers on all phones that may provide location information

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This is getting out of hand. Class actions suits everywhere. People need to realize that all phones, and computers can follow your activities. I guess the question is what did apple do with the infromation? It does matter to some, but can you really stop it?

At least Verizon is being honest about it and up front. Good for them. Shame on Apple and AT&T for allowing a "bug" they knew about for storing up to years worth of non encrypted location data on your device and computer without telling customers. A security risk and violation of privacy we had a right to know about.

As usual, the length companies have to go through to protect themselves from ignorant Americans is appalling.
Speaking as an American, I'm so disappointed by this. There use to be a certain level of intelligence required to use certain tools and technology and without having that, you weren't able to use it.
Mobile device wise, since Apple and Google have made their platforms "intuitive" that level of intelligence is not required, so we have situations like this presented. A situation in which had the customer read the manual and ToS of their device, or the ToS for their applications, they'd have known all this.

might as well put these stickers on ever cell phone...radio triangulation for signal strength, etc = location information.. PANIC!!

I agree they need to do this for the americans that are stupid. Kinda like caution your coffee is hot... no duh its hot its coffee. And fyi its for all phones not just iphone my android follows me and I knew that before all this went down.

Your being stalked by your phone! Gosh, what are we goin to do.
(Russian accent)
You stupid americans, this is good, more asses to kick, hahaha.
But seriously, what's next? Men in white following everyone with an iPhone?
In ginger following everyone with an android, and in black following everyone with a blackberry?(nobody follows nokia, their crap) and men in chameleon suits following WP7 users(s'like, hahaha look! He has a Microsoft phone! HAHAHA(schools would become more aggressive eh?))