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Verizon tracking customers’ every digital move

Verizon tracking customers’ every digital move
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I think we've come to accept that there's probably no such thing as total digital privacy. But now, there's news that Verizon is tracking its customers' every move online.

If you're a Verizon Wireless customer, then you've had 50 letters, numbers and characters attached to every website you've visited with your Verizon gadget. This combination of characters is used to identify the websites that you visit.

Verizon calls it a Unique Identifier Header. If you aren't worried yet, then get this: Its primary use is to help advertisers identify who you are and what websites that you visit. If you've ever felt weird about how Facebook uses your likes and dislikes to sell you stuff, your UIDH might be even worse.

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A UIDH totally kicks the possibility of using private browsers or choosing to "go incognito" out the window. Why? Because your UIH is transmitted along with the data that Verizon sends to a website with whom you're communicating.

UIDH has been around for two years and, according to Wired, it hasn't gotten any "serious attention." So Verizon Wireless has been quietly tracking your Internet activity and there's no way to turn it off.

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