Sledgstone

Cell Phone Companies Are Tracking Your Usage

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This is an email I received from Sprint. I can only assume all major cell phone providers have a similar policy in place at this time. As for me, I don't want Sprint tracking my usage.. even if it is supposed to be anonymous. Its one thing to track usage to determine problems with their network but there is no reason to track what websites I am browsing.

 

 

We recently discovered inadvertent errors in an email
notice that was sent out in November about our Reporting
& Analytics Program. Consistent with the information
provided to you in our Privacy Policy, on sprint.com/privacy
and in the other customer notices you received with your
billing statement, the description of the Mobile Usage
Information included as part of Sprint's Reporting &
Analytics program should have read as shown below.

REPORTING & ANALYTICS PROGRAM
With this program, beginning December 1, 2012, Sprint
will combine Mobile Usage Information and Consumer Information
to prepare business and marketing reports that we may share
with others. You can be confident that your information will
be aggregated so that you will not be personally identified.
We may also share location information with other companies in
a way that does not personally identify you. If you do not want
us to use your customer information for this program, you can
opt out anytime as described below.

HOW INFORMATION IS USED
To create business and marketing reports. You may opt out of
this program by following the steps below under ''Your Choice.''

FOR EXAMPLE
We may aggregate customer information across a particular region
and create a report showing that 10,000 Sprint subscribers from
a given city visited a particular football stadium. The data we
provide could be combined with data provided by other wireless
carriers to create a report showing how many mobile users were
on or near a particular highway.

WHAT INFORMATION IS USED
Mobile Usage Information, Consumer Information and precise
location information.

WHAT INFORMATION IS INCLUDED
IN THE REPORTING & ANALYTICS PROGRAM?

Under our Reporting & Analytics Program, we create de-identified
and aggregated sets of data that include:

Mobile Usage Information:

*Addresses of websites visited when using our wireless service

*Categories of websites visited when using our wireless service
(e.g., sports sites, music sites)

*Precise location information

*Applications and features used on our network, information about
network traffic (e.g., number of users using particular category
of applications, such as navigation applications)

Consumer Information:

*Information about use of Sprint products and services (such as
data and calling and use features, device type, amount of use)

*Demographic information provided to us by other companies (e.g.,
gender, age range)

Your Choice:
If you do not want Sprint to use or share your information for
the Reporting & Analytics Program described above, you may opt
out anytime by:

1. Visiting sprint.com/mychoices, or

2. Calling 1-855-596-2397 from your mobile device.

If you have a Sprint family plan or multi-line account, you may
indicate your choice for each line on your account at
sprint.com/mychoices. If you add a line or change a telephone
number, you will need to update your privacy choices.

To view our full Privacy Policy and Frequently Asked Questions
or for more information on these or other Sprint privacy
preferences, please visit sprint.com/privacy.

©2013 Sprint. All rights reserved. Sprint and the logo are trademarks of Sprint.

 

To change these settings in Sprint, you have to log in, click on my preferences and then click "Manage mobile advertising and reporting preferences" then change the settings for each phone in your account. Oh, and make sure you use Internet Explorer because even though the rest of the site works fine in Firefox, this one particular link will only load in Internet Explorer. wtf.

 

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