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Verizon is Committed to Protecting Your Privacy
Protecting our customers' privacy is an important priority at Verizon and we are committed to maintaining strong and meaningful privacy protections. The privacy of your information is a significant responsibility and we value the trust you place in us.
This policy applies to Verizon customers in the United States and to visitors to Verizon websites. For Verizon Business customers outside the United States, policies are set forth at http://www.verizonbusiness.com/terms/. Also, certain services offered to consumers as well as contracts between Verizon and its business customers (both U.S. and international) may contain additional privacy-related terms and conditions. Except as described above, this policy applies across the Verizon family of companies and the products and services they provide. The Verizon family of companies includes the companies and joint ventures controlled by Verizon, including the Verizon telephone companies, Verizon Wireless, Verizon Online and Redbox Instant by Verizon.
In addition to the privacy practices described in this policy, please note that there are additional privacy practices that apply for specific services. They can be viewed at the following links:
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We collect and use information about you in the following ways:
Information Collected When You Communicate with Verizon:
When you communicate with Verizon, we collect information from you that we use to deliver, provide, confirm, change, bill, monitor, maintain and repair your products and services. This information is also used to resolve issues with your order, with our products and services, or with your account. The information we collect may include your name, addresses, and other contact information; the reason for the contact; and your Social Security Number and payment information. We use this information to establish and maintain your customer account and billing records (including establishing credit), provide services to you, authenticate you, and contact you about products and services that we offer.
When you contact us or we contact you with calls, e-mail, or through a feature on our websites or in our applications, we may monitor or record that communication or keep a record of the transaction to help us train employees and provide high-quality customer service.
Information Collected When You Use Verizon Products and Services:
We collect information about your use of our products, services and sites. Information such as call records, websites visited, wireless location, application and feature usage, network traffic data, product and device-specific information, service options you choose, mobile and device numbers, video streaming and video packages and usage, movie rental and purchase data, and other similar information may be used for billing purposes, to deliver and maintain products and services, or to help you with service-related issues or questions. In addition, subject to any legal restrictions that may apply, this information may be used for other purposes such as providing you with information about product or service enhancements, determining your eligibility for new products and services, and marketing to you based on your use of your products and services. This information may also be used to: (1) manage and protect our networks, services and users from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; and (2) subject to consent practices described in this policy, help us improve our services, research and develop new products, and offer promotions and other services. This type of information may be aggregated or anonymized for business and marketing uses by us or by third parties.
If you subscribe to Verizon Internet access services such as Verizon Online High Speed Internet, Verizon FiOS Internet or Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband and Mobile Internet services, we may automatically measure and monitor network performance and the performance of your Internet connection to improve your, or our, service levels and products. If you contact us for service support, we also may access information about your computer, wireless device or other device settings to provide customized technical support or to install specific applications or services that you use or that are necessary to the applications or services you use.
If Verizon intends to gather information from your use of our Internet access services to direct customized advertising specifically to you based on your visits over time and across different non-Verizon websites, we will provide you with notice of our plan and obtain your affirmative consent.
Information Provided to Us by Third Parties:
When you purchase products or apply for service with us, we may obtain credit information about you from outside credit reporting agencies to help us with customer authentication and credit-related decisions.
Verizon obtains information from outside companies that collect consumer information such as demographic and interest data. Examples of this information include gender, age range, sports enthusiast, frequent diner or pet owner. We use this data and combine it with other information we have about you to help us predict customer preferences and to direct marketing offers that might be more relevant to you.
We may also obtain contact information and other marketing lead information from third parties, and may combine it with information we have to contact you or direct Verizon's marketing offers to you. Website visitors and others may provide us with your email address through "refer-a-friend" options or social networking platforms. We use these email addresses to send Verizon promotional marketing information.
Information Collected on Verizon Websites:
When you browse Verizon websites, information is collected about your device and your visit. We also collect data about your browsing, searching and buying activity as you interact with our sites. We may collect and use your IP address, mobile telephone or device number, account information, web addresses of the sites you come from and go to next and information about your connection, including your device's browser, operating system, platform type and Internet connection speed. We use this information for operational and performance measurement purposes including monitoring statistics such as how many people visit our websites; which pages people visit on our sites; how much time is spent on each page or; which browsers are used to visit our sites.
When you establish an online account with us, we maintain information about your user identification and password. This information is used to identify you when you sign in to your account.
Verizon and its vendors also use information collected on Verizon websites to help us deliver more relevant Verizon marketing messages. These messages may be delivered on our websites, on non-Verizon websites, by our representatives, via email, or via other Verizon services or devices. We use this information in order to, among other things, ensure that you see the correct products and pricing available in the geographic area in which you live, manage the frequency with which you see an advertisement, tailor advertisements to better match your interests, and to understand the effectiveness of our advertising. We also may use this information to assess the effectiveness of our sites and to help you should you request help with navigation problems on these sites.
Certain Verizon vendors may place and read cookies on our sites to help us deliver Verizon marketing messages on our sites and on non-Verizon sites. We require that these vendors provide consumers with the ability to opt-out of their use of information for these purposes. In accordance with industry self-regulatory principles, you should see this icon in or around Verizon advertisements that are delivered on other sites using information collected on our sites. Clicking on this icon will provide information about the companies and data practices that were used to deliver the ad and will also describe how you may opt-out of these advertising programs. Additional information on the choices available to you for the use of your information for advertising purposes can be found in the "How to Limit the Sharing and Use of Your Information" section below.
Information You Provide:
When you contact us online or by other means for information about products and services or when you enter a Verizon-sponsored or affiliated contest, sweepstakes or similar promotion, we will respond to your request and may use the information you supply us to provide you with additional information about service offerings either at that time or in the future. If you enter a promotion, your information may be disclosed as part of the program’s administration, such as in connection with the publication of winners, prize fulfillment, and as required by law or permitted by the promotion’s official rules. Information you provide on our websites about your preferred location and other preferences may be used to provide you with more relevant product recommendations, services and special offers.
We may also collect information from you when you agree to participate in surveys or provide other feedback to us regarding our products or services, when you register to receive news or public policy updates, or when you apply for a job with or a grant from Verizon. We use this information only for the purpose for which you provide it.
Verizon may send you emails that communicate information about your account or about products, services, marketing offers, or promotions that may be of interest to you. When you open a Verizon email or click on links within these emails, we may collect and retain information to provide you with future communications that may be more interesting to you. Please note that Verizon will not ask you to send us, via email, sensitive personal or account information.
Verizon Wireless collects and uses mobile device location data for a variety of purposes, including to provide our mobile voice and data services, emergency services, and our and third-party location-based applications and services such as navigation, weather, mapping and child safety applications or tools. Where we offer our own location-based applications, we provide you with notice and choice about whether specific location-tracking features available on your device are turned on.
Many types of wireless applications and services use mobile device location data, including applications provided by other companies and wireless device operating systems. When you are considering new applications or services, you should carefully review the location-based services' or application providers' privacy policies to learn how they collect and use your information.
Verizon Wireless may use mobile usage information and consumer information for certain business and marketing reports. Mobile usage information includes the addresses of websites you visit when you use our wireless services. These data strings (or URLs) may include search terms you have used. Mobile usage information also includes the location of your device and your use of applications and features. Consumer information includes information about your use of Verizon products and services (such as data and calling features, device type, and amount of use) as well as demographic and interest categories provided to us by other companies (such as gender, age range, sports fan, frequent diner, or pet owner). We may combine this information in a manner that does not personally identify you and use it to prepare aggregated business and marketing reports that we may use ourselves or share with others for their use. We may also share location information with other companies in a way that does not personally identify you so that they may produce business and marketing reports. You have a choice about whether your information is included in these reports.
Verizon Wireless does not publish directories of our customers' wireless phone numbers, and we do not provide or make them available to third parties for listing in directories unless you request that we do so.
Specific cable-related privacy protections apply to Verizon's collection, use and disclosure of certain information about our FiOS TV subscribers. We provide you with a FiOS TV privacy notice regarding these specific protections when you first order FiOS TV service and annually thereafter. The FiOS TV privacy notice describes, among other things, the nature of the personally identifiable information we collect, how we may use this personally identifiable information, and under what circumstances and to whom we may disclose personally identifiable information.
Redbox Instant by Verizon services will be available to you through websites and Internet-connected device platforms operated by other companies such as gaming devices, streaming video devices, tablets and wireless phones. When you access Redbox Instant by Verizon on others’ websites or platforms, you should check these providers’ privacy policies to learn what information they collect and use.
Information Shared Within the Verizon Family of Companies:
Verizon shares customer information within our family of companies for operational purposes. We also share certain types of customer information within our family of companies for our own marketing purposes unless you advise us not to share. Sharing this information allows us to provide you with the latest information about our products and services and to offer you our latest promotions. Special provisions apply with respect to the sharing of FiOS TV customer information among affiliates.
There are additional protections that apply with regard to certain information we collect and maintain about the telecommunications and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services you buy from us and how you use them. This information is categorized by the federal government as Customer Proprietary Network Information or CPNI. Specific laws govern our sharing and use of this type of information.
Verizon Wireless and Wireline residential customers as well as Verizon Wireline small and medium business customers receive a privacy notice regarding CPNI when they first contract for or order service and every two years thereafter. For more information, please read the Verizon Wireline and Verizon Wireless CPNI notices. You may choose to opt out of the sharing of your CPNI within the Verizon family of companies for certain marketing purposes.
Our corporate and government account customers in the United States receive a CPNI consent form or service agreement requesting affirmative approval to share CPNI information. As described in the request, you may decline or withdraw CPNI consent by not signing the consent form or by following instructions in the consent form or service agreement. Your choice on CPNI consent will remain in effect unless you change it.
If you are an Arizona resident, as required by state law, Verizon Wireless does not share your CPNI within the Verizon family of companies unless you provide consent using a form. Customers who provide such consent are reminded annually of their current CPNI choices.
If you are a retail customer of MCI, your CPNI will not be shared within the Verizon family of companies for marketing purposes except to provide you with information about other services of the type you currently buy from us. In addition, when you are speaking with a customer service representative, we may ask your permission to review your records, including your CPNI, to provide you with information about the full array of services provided by the Verizon family of companies.
Information Shared Outside the Verizon Family of Companies:
Verizon uses vendors and partners for a variety of business purposes such as to help us offer, provide, repair and bill for services we deliver to you. We share information with those vendors and partners to the extent reasonably necessary for them to perform work on our behalf. For example, we may provide your credit card information and billing address to our payment processing company solely for the purpose of processing payment for a transaction you have requested. We require that these vendors and partners protect the customer information we may provide to them and limit their use of Verizon customer data to the purposes for which it was provided. We do not permit these types of vendors and partners to use this information for their own marketing purposes.
As described in more detail in other sections of this policy, Verizon also may share certain information with outside companies to assist with the delivery of advertising campaigns, or preparing and sharing aggregate business and marketing reports.
Verizon provides the names, addresses and telephone numbers of wireline telephone subscribers to directory publishers and directory assistance services unless a non-published or non-listed phone number has been requested.
We may disclose information that individually identifies our customers or identifies customer devices in certain circumstances, such as:
If Verizon enters into a merger, acquisition or sale of all or a portion of its assets or business, customer information will also be transferred as part of or in connection with the transaction.
Information Provided to or Used by Third-Party Advertising Entities or Social Networks
You may see third-party advertisements on some Verizon websites, services, or devices. Some advertisements are chosen by companies that place advertisements on behalf of other third-party advertisers. These companies, often called ad servers, ad networks, or technology platforms, may place and access cookies on your device to collect information about your visit on our websites. The information they collect from our sites is in a form that does not identify you personally. This information may be combined with similar data obtained from other websites to help advertisers better reach their targeted audiences. Targeting may be accomplished by tailoring advertising to interests that they infer from your browsing of our sites and your interaction with other websites where these ad servers, ad networks and technology platforms also are present.
If you choose to interact with specific advertisers who advertise on our sites, the information you provide to them is subject to the conditions of their specific privacy policies. In addition, responding to or interacting with a particular advertisement, may result in you later receiving a targeted advertisement on our websites or on other sites as a result of an ad server or ad network concluding that you fit within a particular audience an advertiser is trying to reach.
Advertising that is customized based on predictions generated from your visits over time and across different websites is sometimes called "online behavioral" or "interest-based" advertising. In accordance with industry self-regulatory principles, we require that companies disclose when they are using online behavioral advertising programs to deliver third-party ads on our sites or collecting information about your visit to our sites for these purposes and give consumers the ability to opt-out of this use of their information. You will see an icon in or around third-party advertisements that are delivered on our sites using behavioral advertising programs. Clicking on this icon will provide additional information about the companies and data practices that were used to deliver the ad as well as information on how you may opt-out of these advertising programs. Additional information about your options regarding the use of your information for advertising purposes can be found below. Additional information about online behavioral advertising can be found here. Please note that Verizon does not have control over or access to information contained in the cookies that are set on your computer by ad servers, ad networks or third-party advertisers.
We also may provide third-party advertisers with geographic or demographic information that allows them to tailor their ads. This information does not identify you individually.
Verizon also helps advertisers better reach our wireline and wireless Internet access customers using the postal address we have for you; certain information about your Verizon products and services-- such as device type and broadband service features; and demographic and interest information provided to us by other companies-- such as gender, age-range, sports fan, frequent diner or pet owner. This information is used to predict whether you fit within an audience an advertiser is trying to reach. We do not share outside of Verizon any information that identifies you personally as part of these programs. You have a choice about participating in the separate Verizon and Verizon Wireless programs.
Verizon websites also include social network or other third-party plug-ins and widgets that may provide information to their associated social networks or third-parties about the Verizon page you visit, even if you do not click on or otherwise interact with the plug-in or widget. More information is available here.
You have choices about how Verizon shares and uses information.
Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI):
As described above, you may choose whether to allow Verizon to share your CPNI within the Verizon family of companies for certain marketing purposes. This choice will remain in effect unless you change it. Verizon Wireline consumer and small business customers may opt-out of this sharing by calling us using the state toll-free number provided in their notice and available here. Verizon Wireless mass-market customers may call 1-800-333-9956. National and major account customers of Verizon Wireless and corporate and government customers of Verizon Wireless or Verizon Business in the United States may decline to provide or withdraw CPNI consent by following the instructions in your service agreements or CPNI consent forms.
Federal "Do Not Call" laws allow you to place residential wireline and wireless phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry to prevent telemarketing calls to those numbers. If you would like to add your numbers to this list, you may do so by calling 1-888-382-1222, or by visiting www.donotcall.gov.
You should be aware that even if you add your number(s) to the federal or a state Do Not Call list, most telemarketing laws allow companies to contact their own customers. If at any time you would like to be removed from Verizon's residential telemarketing list, please let us know by contacting a Verizon customer service representative at 1-800-VERIZON. Verizon Wireless also maintains a Do Not Call list. If you would like to be removed from the Verizon Wireless telemarketing list, please let us know by contacting a Verizon Wireless customer service representative at 1-800-922-0204. Please allow 30 days for your telephone number to be removed from any sales programs that are currently underway.
Marketing Email, Text Messages, Postal Mail and Door-to-Door Calls:
Marketing emails you receive from Verizon, Verizon Wireless, or Redbox Instant by Verizon include an unsubscribe instruction (usually found at the bottom of the email) that you may use to opt out of receiving future marketing-related emails. You may opt out of receiving marketing-related emails from Verizon by visiting our "Unsubscribe" site and providing the requested information. You may opt out of receiving marketing-related emails from Verizon Wireless by contacting a Verizon Wireless customer service representative at 1-800-922-0204. You may opt-out of receiving marketing-related emails from Redbox Instant by Verizon at your customer account pages online.
You may opt out of receiving marketing-related postal mailings or prevent door-to-door marketing solicitations from Verizon by calling a customer service representative at 1-800-VERIZON. You may opt out of receiving marketing-related postal mailing or prevent text message marketing by Verizon Wireless by calling a Verizon Wireless customer service representative at 1-800-922-0204. Text message solicitations from Verizon also contain an "unsubscribe" feature that you can use to prevent future marketing text messages from us. Please note that Verizon may use bulk mail service for some marketing mailings. These services deliver offers to all homes in a neighborhood or zip code. This type of mailing will continue even if you opt-out of receiving marketing-related postal mailings from Verizon.
Information Used for Online Advertising:
You have choices about whether certain information collected on websites, including Verizon's, is used to customize advertising based on predictions generated from your visits over time and across different websites. When you see this icon in or around an advertisement you can click on the icon to see additional information on the companies and data practices that were used to deliver the ad and descriptions of how you may opt-out of these advertising programs. To learn more or to limit the collection of information by these parties, you may also visit the Aboutads.info website.
You also can limit the collection of certain website information by deleting or disabling cookies. Most computers' Internet browsers enable you to erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored.
Please note that disabling cookies may prevent you from using specific features on our sites and other websites, such as ordering products or services and maintaining an online account. Cookies must be enabled for you to use your Verizon e-mail account.
Verizon broadband Internet access customers may opt-out of the relevant online advertising program described above by following the instructions here. Verizon Wireless Internet customers may opt-out of the relevant mobile advertising program by following the instructions here or by calling us at 1-866-211-0874. If you opt out online, you will need your account user ID and password. Also, please note that you will receive ads whether you participate in these programs or not, but under these programs, ads may be more relevant to you.
Business and Marketing Reports
Verizon Wireless customers may choose not to participate in Verizon Wireless' use of their information to create aggregated business and marketing reports that do not specifically identify any individual Verizon Wireless customers. You may opt-out by calling 1-866-211-0874 or by visiting verizonwireless.com/myprivacy. Please note that if you have a Family SharePlan® or multi-line account, you must indicate your opt-out choice for each line. If you add a line or change a telephone number, you will need to update your privacy choices.
Working Together to Help Keep Children Safe
Verizon recognizes that online service providers must be vigilant in protecting the safety and privacy of children online. We do not knowingly market to or solicit information from children under the age of 13, without obtaining verifiable parental consent.
Verizon strongly supports educating parents and young Internet users on safe viewing practices and we offer a variety of tools to help children and parents avoid encountering objectionable content or communications while using our services.
Verizon's Parental Control Center provides many free resources that offer guidance, connect parents with experts and help give parents the technical knowledge to help keep kids safer online.
Regrettably, there are those who use the Internet to view, store and distribute child pornography (or who engage in other types of illegal activity involving children). Child pornography is subject to severe criminal penalties and using the Verizon network to view, store or distribute it violates our service contracts. The Verizon network may not be used by customers in any manner for the storage, transmission or dissemination of images containing child pornography and we will report any instances of such activity of which we become aware to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.
If you have a complaint about child pornography, the soliciting of children for sexual activity, or any other illegal or inappropriate activity involving children on a Verizon service, report it to us by sending an email to email@example.com. Please include the words "child porn" in the subject line of your email. You can also make a report directly to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children through its CyberTipline located at www.cybertipline.org.
Additional Internet safety resources and information are available at:
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Verizon has technical, administrative and physical safeguards in place to help protect against unauthorized access to, use or disclosure of customer information we collect or store, including Social Security Numbers. Employees are trained on the importance of protecting privacy and on the proper access to, use and disclosure of customer information. Under our practices and policies, access to sensitive personally identifiable information is authorized only for those who have a business need for such access, and sensitive records are retained only as long as reasonably necessary for business or legal purposes.
Although we work hard to protect personal information that we collect and store, no program is 100% secure and we cannot guarantee that our safeguards will prevent every unauthorized attempt to access, use or disclose personal information. Verizon maintains security and incident response plans to handle incidents involving unauthorized access to private information we collect or store.
If you become aware of a security issue, please contact Verizon's Security Control Center. We will work with you to address any problems.
Verizon often publishes helpful information about a wide range of scams that you may encounter.
Verizon Privacy Office
We strive to keep our customer records as accurate as possible. You may correct or update your Verizon customer information by calling a Verizon customer service representative at 1-800-VERIZON or by accessing your account online and providing the updated information there. Similarly, updates can be made to your Verizon Wireless account by calling a Verizon Wireless customer service representative at 1-800-922-0204 or online. Verizon Business customers may update their information by contacting their account manager. Updates can be made to your Redbox Instant by Verizon account information by visiting the "My Account" pages online.
Links to and from non-Verizon Websites and Content
Verizon websites and Redbox Instant by Verizon platforms may contain links to non-Verizon sites. Verizon applications or other content may be included on web pages and web sites that are not associated with Verizon and over which we have no control. We are not responsible for the content on these sites or platforms or the privacy policies and practices employed by these sites and platforms. We recommend that you review the policies and practices of the sites you visit.
Information Sharing: Blogs and Social Networking
Some Verizon websites, applications, and services may allow you to participate in web log ("blog") discussions, message boards, chat rooms, and other forms of social networking and to post reviews. Please be aware that these forums are accessible to others. We urge you to not submit any personally identifiable information to these forums because any information you post can be read, collected, shared, or otherwise used by anyone who accesses the forum. Verizon is not responsible for the information you choose to submit in these forums. If you post content to information sharing forums, including any information about the movies you rent or view, you are doing so by choice and you are providing consent to the disclosure of this information.
If Verizon elects to use or disclose information that identifies you as an individual in a manner that is materially different from that stated in our policy at the time we collected that information from you, we will give you a choice regarding such use or disclosure by appropriate means, which may include use of an opt-out mechanism.
Updated March 2013
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