Verizon To Put Location-Tracking Warning Sticker On Phones

Verizon WarningJulianne Pepitone reports in CNN:

In the wake of a giant brouhaha over the news that Apple’s iPhones record and store users’ locations, Verizon Wireless says it will start slapping ‘we can track you!’ warning stickers on its products.

Verizon’s announcement came in the form of a letter to Representatives Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Joe Barton, a Texas Republican. In March, they asked the four major wireless carriers to explain how and why they track mobile location data.

All four carriers acknowledged that they store location data for varying periods of time, but Verizon was the only company to suggest a warning label. The company says it will begin including the removable sticker on all new devices it sells.

The sticker warns: “This device is capable of determining its (and your) physical, 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 also disclosed that it stores location data and other customer information for seven years. Sprint keeps the details for three years, while AT&T retains it for anywhere from a few days to five years. T-Mobile did not give a timeframe.

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9 Responses to Verizon To Put Location-Tracking Warning Sticker On Phones

  1. Grooveboss May 4, 2011 at 1:51 am #

    oh yes this sticker will solve everything

  2. Grooveboss May 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    oh yes this sticker will solve everything

  3. Haystack May 4, 2011 at 3:52 am #

    If only someone had had the foresight to put a warning sticker on that Japanese nuclear power plant…

  4. Haystack May 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    If only someone had had the foresight to put a warning sticker on that Japanese nuclear power plant…

  5. HF May 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    The rule is, if they tell you ahead of time, they can do whatever they want.

  6. HF May 4, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    The rule is, if they tell you ahead of time, they can do whatever they want.

  7. Navysealteam7 May 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    If they would’ve had this out 10 years ago there would be riots in almost every major city and especially every midwest city/town..

  8. Navysealteam7 May 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    If they would’ve had this out 10 years ago there would be riots in almost every major city and especially every midwest city/town..

  9. custom stickers May 4, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    effective way to warn the people ..

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