Five-Year-Old Verizon Privacy Scare Still Has Legs on Facebook

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Oct 11, 2012 
Mike Daly  |

A post about a change in Verizon’s terms of service showed up in my Facebook News Feed this morning. It concerned the wireless provider’s sharing of Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) data with third parties, and was linked to an article on Ars Technica explaining what information would be shared and with whom. A Verizon toll-free number was provided in the article for subscribers who wanted to opt out of the CPNI sharing practice.

I called the toll-free number and opted out for the two phone numbers on my account. I also made a mental note to share this news with our readers.

Then I looked at the article again. It was dated October 15, 2007.

You can spell “news” without “new,” but the policy was nonetheless news to my friend and, subsequently, to me. And if my friend and I were unaware of a five-year-old TOS revision from our wireless provider, it’s probably news to many others as well.

The moral of the story: The Internet is a ginormous, poorly maintained bulletin board, for better (in this case) or worse.

Mike Daly is an award-winning writer and editor with 30 years of experience in publishing. He began his career in 1983 at The News of Paterson, N.J., a long-since defunct daily paper, where at age 22 he was promoted to the position of Editorial Page Editor. Since then he has served in managerial capacities with several news organizations, including Arts Weekly Inc. and North Jersey Media Group in New Jersey and Examiner Media in New York. His work has been honored on numerous occasions by the New Jersey Press Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.

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