Your telephone operator sells your personal data. Here’s how to tell him to stop

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Your telephone operator sells your personal data. However, there are ways to protect yourself.

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Similar to tech giants such as Facebook and Google, major telephony operators collect your personal data to sell targeted advertising. This is the type of practice that most of us are hastily embracing, because, well, who has the time to go over the privacy policy details for each service you sign up for?

As it turns out, topwatchbest does. Here’s what we found in detail and what you can do about it.

Telephone operators such as AT&T, T Mobile and Verizon track your location, web activity and app usage. They also collect PESEL numbers, photos and activity in social media. AT&T even collects user data biometric data like fingerprints, in line with the carrier’s privacy policy – but only “until the original purpose for their collection is met, or within three years of the person’s last interaction with AT&T, whichever comes first.”

Carriers use personal information to improve the customer experience, in line with their privacy policy, and sell targeted advertising. Much of it is information that you don’t necessarily want your telephone operator to sell. However, you can stop your private data from selling, and some carriers even offer ways to delete data they’ve already collected about you. However, not all data can be deleted, as each carrier claims that some of it is kept for billing purposes and legal obligations.

Controlling what your data is collected or stored by the carrier can protect you and your loved ones from data breachwhich could put your bank account or credit at risk. And with a string recent high-profile data security breachesincluding one in T Mobilethe risk is real. Here’s how to get more control over your personal information, regardless of the mobile operator you are using.

Important Note: Even if you choose not to sell your data, you will still receive advertising. They just won’t be relevant to you and your interests, and some services may not work as well.

AT&T

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AT&T collects biometric information from its customers as well as other personal information.

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Here’s how AT&T customers can stop a carrier from selling their data:

1. Log in to your AT&T account from a browser.

2. Go to this control panel.

3. At the bottom there is a section called Control the way we use your data. Click on each option and switch On or Off for phone numbers in your account. Each phone number can be turned on or off, and it won’t affect any other phone numbers in your account.

California and Nevada customers can easily:

1. Fill it up Don’t sell my data form in the browser.

2. Click here Don’t sell my data or Don’t sell my data except to AT&T companies at the bottom of the page.

AT&T California customers can too request the deletion of most of your data. However, this does not appear to be available to other AT&T customers.

T Mobile

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T-Mobile customers can use the T-Mobile application or a web browser to order the operator to stop selling their data.

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For T-Mobile customers, you can tell the operator to stop selling your data in one of two ways. One is through the T-Mobile mobile app and the other is through yours MyT-Mobile bill:

1. Open the T-Mobile application and log in or log in to yours MyT-Mobile account from the browser.

2. Click here My account.

3. Click here Profile.

4. Click here Privacy and notifications.

5. Click here Advertising and Analytics.

6. Select your name (or the name of any other user in your account) from the list.

7. Click the slider next to Use my data to make the ads more relevant to me to turn it off. You can also click the slider next to it Use my data for analysis and reporting to prevent T-Mobile from being used Your data in marketing reports.

8. If you have multiple T-Mobile users in your account, click Back and repeat the steps 6 and 7.

T-Mobile customers must complete this form to request the deletion of most of your personal data.

Verizon

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Verizon has two ad programs, but you can opt-out of both.

Opting out of selling your Verizon customer data is a little confusing. Verizon has two advertising programs: Customer Experience and Customer Experience Plus. The main difference is that Customer Experience Plus collects a wider range of data.

Here’s how to tell Verizon to stop selling your data on the Verizon Mobile app:

1. Open the Verizon Mobile App and log in to your account.

2. Click here Run icon to open the settings.

3. Under PreferencesClick here Manage privacy settings.

4. Select the phone line whose privacy you want to manage.

5. Click here Custom experience to switch Off for each phone number in your account.

6. Click here Custom Plus Experience to switch Off for each phone number in your account.

7. Click the back arrow at the top of the screen. Your settings should be saved automatically.

Here’s how to tell Verizon to stop selling your browser data:

1. Go to Verizon.com from any browser and log in to your account.

2. Click here Bill.

3. choose Account settings.

4. Click here Privacy settings.

5. Click here Custom experience and set to Do not use for each phone number in your account.

6. Click here Custom Plus Experience and set to Do not use for each phone number in your account.

7. Click here save Changes.

However, Verizon deleting most of your data is a little more practical. Here’s how to do it from your cell phone:

1. Open the Verizon Mobile App and log in to your account.

2. Click here Run icon to open the settings.

3. Under PreferencesClick here Manage privacy settings.

4. Click here Custom Experience Settings

5. Click here Reset.

Here’s how to remove most of the data that Verizon collects from your web browser:

1. Go to Verizon.com from any browser and log in to your account.

2. Click here Bill.

3. choose Account settings.

4. Click here Privacy settings.

5. Click here Manage Settings under Custom Experience Settings.

6. Click here Reset.

7. Go back and click Manage Settings under Custom Experiences Plus.

8. Click here Reset.

You can learn more about IPhone privacy features that few people know about, Change the settings of Google Chrome and Safari if you care about privacy and new privacy features will come to Android 12 Go.

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