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    Default Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you canít kill

    An online advertising clearinghouse relied on by Google, Yahoo, and Facebook is using controversial cookies that come back from the dead to track the Web surfing of Verizon customers.
    The company, called Turn, is taking advantage of a hidden undeletable number that Verizon uses to monitor customers' habits on their smartphones and tablets. Turn uses the Verizon number to respawn tracking cookies that users have deleted.
    "We are trying to use the most persistent identifier that we can in order to do what we do," Max Ochoa, Turn's chief privacy officer, told ProPublica.
    Turn's zombie cookie comes amid a controversy about a new form of tracking the telecom industry has deployed to shadow mobile phone users. Last year, Verizon and AT&T users noticed their carriers were inserting a tracking number into all the Web traffic that transmits from a users' phoneóeven if the user has tried to opt out.


    Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you can?t kill | Ars Technica
    Zombie Cookie: The Tracking Cookie That You Can?t Kill - ProPublica

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    Default Re: Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you canít kill

    pleas take a moment to watch and share this in it's ENTIRETY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20RoAfflGCM
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    Default Re: Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you canít kill

    I mean come the hell on. If Turning on do not track me doesn't me do not track me wtf does? You download the Opt out cookie but it doesn't really mean Opt out at all? This statement by them is an absolute joke ""It is our absolute desire to honor people's choices," said Ochoa, Turn's chief privacy officer." Turn does not give you a valid choice!! opt out doesn't matter in any shape way or form. If you delete the cookies that doesn't mean I meant to delete it or that I don't want to be tracked at all? yet there is no option to not be tracked at all? This has got to be illegal and Verizon should be ashamed of themselves for selling their customers data in this fashion.
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    cyber
    as much as i completely agree with you

    i believe you are being far to rational, calm, and accepting of this crime.
    no, not joking, or facetious. im serious,,,,this time,,,, so serious i actually did a spell check
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    Default Re: Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you canít kill

    Quote Originally Posted by calemus View Post
    cyber
    as much as i completely agree with you

    i believe you are being far to rational, calm, and accepting of this crime.
    no, not joking, or facetious. im serious,,,,this time,,,, so serious i actually did a spell check

    Far from accepting. I'm pissed and pretty tired of companies like Turn and Verizon seeing us as nothing more than data. Our privacy rights not being taken into any account what so ever. My browser history is mine. Not theirs to share or analyze for what ever purpose. Its BS and our Government needs to grow a pair of balls and shut **** like this down.

    The problem I have is I don't know wtf to do about it. If there is only one tool that supposed to help but it is made by the people who made the problem and it doesn't actually help at all, wtf can I do? Turn my phone off? Break 30 contracts to switch carriers?

    if you have some suggestions I would be happy to hear them.
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    Default Re: Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you canít kill

    The worst part about this, is that it's not even the cookie that is the problem. It's the persistent ID that Verizon inserts into the stack that's the issue. Without that, the "Cookie" couldn't exist, and "Opt Out" would probably work.

    It's really VERIZON that's the guilty part here. The schmucks at Turn are just that, and taking advantage of something that Verizon gives them. And Verizon is as far as I can tell, immune to public concern, concepts like privacy, or even a reasonable level of responsibility as stewards of much of our personal data.

    Meh. Now I'm pontificating. Sorry.

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    Default Re: Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you canít kill

    The govt is also to blame here

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    Default Re: Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you canít kill

    Quote Originally Posted by Gu3 View Post
    The worst part about this, is that it's not even the cookie that is the problem. It's the persistent ID that Verizon inserts into the stack that's the issue. Without that, the "Cookie" couldn't exist, and "Opt Out" would probably work.

    It's really VERIZON that's the guilty part here. The schmucks at Turn are just that, and taking advantage of something that Verizon gives them. And Verizon is as far as I can tell, immune to public concern, concepts like privacy, or even a reasonable level of responsibility as stewards of much of our personal data.

    Meh. Now I'm pontificating. Sorry.

    Gu3
    Oh no sir. You are 100% correct. Verizon added the number. When everyone else stopped because of privacy concerns they kept right on going. Letting a douche company make a product like this, sign off on it knowing exactly how it works and the top it off by staying silent when people are pissed. If I could I would switch everyone of our companies cellular lines.
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    Default Re: Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you canít kill

    The only good solution is to ~not~ use Verizon. Urge others to do the same.

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