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How to stop Verizon from selling your private details to advertisers

How to stop Verizon from selling your private details to advertisers
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Verizon purchased AOL earlier this year. And the giant cellular carrier just changed its privacy policy. If you're a Verizon customer, these two actions coupled together mean there are some things you should be aware of.

What does AOL have to do with anything, you might wonder. Verizon bought it for its advertising network, which ProPublica says is on 40% of websites. That's a huge amount of advertisers on a crazy-large number of websites. As for the new privacy policy, it allows Verizon to share its customers' personal information, like your gender, age and interests, with the ad network, so the network can aim targeted advertisements at you.

Verizon tries to downplay this with a line in the Privacy Notice that reads, "We do not share information that identifies you personally as part of these programs other than with vendors and partners who do work for us." The thing is, there are a whole, whole lot of those vendors and partners now that Verizon owns the AOL ad network. And they're all interested in your personal information.

Despite how Big Brother-ish this all sounds, Verizon customers can opt out of having their private details shared with advertisers. You can simply click here and log in to your Verizon account to opt out, or call 866-211-0874.

Let us know what you think of Verizon's new privacy policy in the comments below. And for all the latest news on creepy ad trackers and how to keep your digital life private, check back often to our Happening Now page.

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