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US telco giant Verizon has given notice it will be providing information on its subscribers to AOL for targeted advertising. A notice in Verizon's privacy policy warns users that beginning next month, information such as device information, addresses and whereabouts, and browsing habits, will be given to AOL so it can sling …

  1. Ugotta B. Kiddingme

    AOL?!?

    You've got FAIL©®™

    "Users who don't want to have their data slurped by either Verizon or AOL can opt out of the advertising networks by setting preferences in the Verizon privacy choices or AOL AdChoices pages in the cellar [bring a torch] in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying Beware of the Leopard."

    1. Snowy

      Re: AOL?!?

      Also bring a ladder!

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    SLAGS!!

    that is all...

  3. Your alien overlord - fear me

    If there is a privacy conflict, AOL will overrule Verizon. Er, who brought who?

  4. dorsetknob
    Black Helicopters

    New Merican Business lie is Propergated

    Users who don't want to have their data slurped by either Verizon or AOL can opt out of the advertising networks by setting preferences in the Verizon privacy choices or AOL AdChoices pages.

    Like they will accept that

    If Your Choice (Privacy ) is at odds with their Business Plan then they will ignore your Choice

    Mantra is and will be We got to Sell WE WILL SELL ( your information) All your Information is Ours By Right WE OWN YOU

    YOU WILL NOT USE ADD BLOCKERS THEY ARE UN AMERICAN AND A TERRORIST WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

    Icon is Gunships inbound (Advert Buy the New Gunship it fires Green Ammo )

  5. Christoph

    "Verizon said the shared data will only be used for AOL's own sites and ad network.

    And NSA, and anyone who hacks into AOL, and anyone who reads the data the hackers dump on the net.

  6. Mark 85 Silver badge

    The concept of "more valuable"

    "The combination will help make the ads you see more valuable across the different devices and services you use."

    Ah... more valuable to Verizon/AOHell then... not the consumer/user. Got it you scummy bastards.

    As a long time AOHell user, I'll keep my HOSTS file updated and Adblocker. Also aggressive anti-spam measures that I've been using since day 1. I've had this account since way back when and it's only used for relatives and old-friends. If the flood of shitte gets beyond my tolerance (rather low at this point), I'll go somewhere else. The problem is that unless I set up my own mail server with all the headaches that brings, where else is there that doesn't target you like the Allies carpet bombing Dresden? Targeted my ass....

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They picked a great day to announce it, with all the Safe Harbour stuff floating around. Well done, PR chaps.

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  9. x 7

    As long as my old Netscape e-mail accounts still work, I don't care

  10. Turtle

    Value. Added Value. Valorization.

    "The combination will help make the ads you see more valuable across the different devices and services you use."

    More valuable to Verizon.

  11. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge
    Terminator

    Remember the good old days when humans were customers rather than marketing targets?

  12. veskebjorn

    Can't talk to Verizon without the password you never made

    I called Verizon twice, less than an hour ago. First I called the "special" 866 number to block tracking. The robot ansaphone would not speak to me without a Verizon website password that I have never created and, hence, cannot know. I then called the 800 customer service number, where a human [for some given value of "human"] also refused to speak to me without the nonexistent password. Her "supervisor" said the same thing and refused to provide a means of identifying her to Verizon management. My contract with Verizon ends next January. Because of their genuinely superior U.S. network, I have been a Verizon customer for more than a decade. But this will change; Verizon's arrogance has become intolerable to me.

    1. Mpeler
      Mushroom

      Re: Can't talk to Verizon without the password you never made

      Stop payment on your account it's a pretty sure bet you'll hear from a human sooner or later.

      Maybe even in person.....

      Customer service - ho ho ho.

      AOL has been a virulent pimple on the face of the intenet (and telecoms) since the days of their obnoxious "Free Internet" CDs from way back when. They didn't give a rat's about their "customers" then, and they still don't, all these years later.

      In their case the number shouldn't be 866, it should be 666. A O Hell.

      May they disappear into the oblivion they so wretchedly deserve.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Can't talk to Verizon without the password you never made

      Superior network indeed. Are there any good Verizon MVNOs for those of us who refuse to accept vz's business practices?

      And do they disable the supercookies by default?

      1. Cirdan
        Thumb Up

        Re: Can't talk to Verizon without the password you never made

        Verizon MVNO... PagePlus Cellular.

        Resold and serviced by Kitty Wireless for the best experience for my money.

        If Sprint is OK, check out Republic Wireless. Voice text unlimited $10/month plus tax/fees (about $14 total). Uses WiFi when available. Superior sound quality on Wi-Fi.

        ...Cirdan...

  13. Gene Cash Silver badge

    Super cookie?

    Aren't they the ones with the "supercookie" headers you can't remove? Is this going to be a new "feature" for AOL?

    I quit being a Verizon customer when I discovered I could pay T-Mobile $28 for something I was getting from Verizon for $112, plus better customer service, to boot.

  14. Captain DaFt

    "The combination will help make the ads you see more valuable across the different devices and services you use."

    The more ads I see, the less valuable the service cramming them down my throat becomes.

    So unless their ad algorithm states, "No ads ever for this'un, or he'll scuttle right off", They're only guaranteeing more negative, IE: less value to me as a service I pay for, not more.

    Therefore, no reason to do further business with them. There are other carriers out there.

  15. thomas k

    even more gladder now

    that I switched to TWC a few months back.

  16. earl grey
    Devil

    All your private information are belong to us

    Here's your porn ad.

  17. DugEBug

    Surprised

    I haven't gotten a floppy disk from AOL in years. I thought they had gone out of business.

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