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Where do we stop UIDH?

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smom
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Where do we stop UIDH?

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According to this article - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/30/verizon_uidh_super_cookie_killer/ - we must go to our account settings to stop "super cookies."

 

"In 2012, the US mobile telco started injecting unique identifying headers (UIDHs) into every HTTP request users made to websites via the Verizon network. This allowed sneaky ad agencies to recognize people as they moved from site to site, and display ads tailored to individuals' interests.

Deleting all your cookies from your web browser, or using something like Chrome's incognito mode, will not kill off the header – because it is inserted automatically by the carrier."

 

"Now Verizon has said that this time "opt-out" really means opt-out: it's going to stop injecting UIDHs into subscribers' web traffic if they switch off the system in their account settings."

 

I have looked in my account settings and cannot see where to turn off UIDH's -- super cookies.

 

How can I do this?

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THis is talking about Verizon wireless service, and really belongs over in the forums for such.

 

However I believe the settings are on

https://nbillpay.verizonwireless.com/vzw/secure/setPrivacy.action

eljefe
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It's my understanding the the super-cookie issue related to Verizon mobile devices, i.e. cell phones.  The problem doesn't concern us FiOS users.  Yet.  Smiley Wink

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This only aplies to the mobile data service on Verizon Wireless. FiOS and DSL are surprisingly untouched. For FiOS and DSL, the revenue generator is DNS typos that cause the default DNS servers to send you to a search page instead of getting an NXDOMAIN error. That can be fixed easily.

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