Verizon Privacy Office
1300 I Street, NW
Suite 400 West
Washington, DC 20005
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 website visitors, app users and Verizon customers in the United States. It applies across the Verizon family of companies and the products and services we provide. The Verizon family of companies includes the companies and joint ventures controlled by Verizon, including the Verizon telephone companies, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Verizon Wireless, Verizon Online and Oath. Certain services we offer such as go90, MapQuest and Verizon apps have additional privacy practices that are presented separately.
There are separate policies that govern Verizon Enterprise Solutions customers outside the United States. 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 that are presented to you in other ways.
We collect information when you communicate with us and when you use our products, services and sites. This includes information you provide such as name and contact information, images, voice recordings or prints, the reason for contacting us, driver’s license number, Social Security Number and payment information. Service and device usage information we collect includes call records, websites visited, wireless location, application and feature usage, network and device data including battery life and apps on your device, product and device-specific information and identifiers, service options you choose, mobile and device numbers, video streaming and video packages and usage, movie rental and purchase data, TV and other video viewership, and other similar information.
We use this information to establish, monitor and maintain your account and billing records; measure credit and payment risk; provide account-related services; deliver and maintain your products and services; help you with service-related issues or questions; manage and protect our networks, services and users from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses; help us improve our services and research and develop new products and services; authenticate you; determine your eligibility for new products and services and contact you with marketing offers.
When you contact us or we contact you, we may monitor or record that communication or keep a record of the transaction to help us train employees and better serve you.
We may automatically measure and monitor network performance and the performance of your connections 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.
Information about your use of Verizon products and services may be aggregated or otherwise de-identified for business and marketing uses by us or by third parties. For example, aggregate or de-identified data may be used to improve our services, measure and analyze the use of services and to help make services and advertising more relevant to you. You can opt out of certain of these uses, for example the Verizon Relevant Mobile Advertising and Business and Marketing Insights programs discussed below.
When you establish an online account or register on our sites or apps, we may collect information about your user identification, password and secret questions and answers. We use this information to authenticate you when you sign in.
Verizon will obtain your affirmative consent before we use information we gathered in the course of providing broadband Internet access services about your visits over time to different non-Verizon websites to customize ads specifically to you. One such program is Verizon Selects.
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. If you lease your residence, we may have information about how to reach your landlord and whether landlord permission is required to install our facilities.
Verizon obtains information from outside companies such as those that collect consumer information including demographic and interest data. Examples of this information include gender, age range, education, 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 your preferences, to direct marketing offers that might be more relevant to you, and to help us better analyze customer information for business modeling purposes.
When you use social media credentials to login to or interact with a Verizon site or offer, we may collect information about your social media profile, such as your interests, “likes” and friends list. We use this information, for example, to personalize your Verizon experiences and marketing communications, to enhance our services and to better serve you. You can control this data sharing via options in your social media accounts.
We also obtain contact information and other marketing lead information from third parties, website “refer-a-friend” options or social media platforms and may combine it with information we have to contact you or direct Verizon's marketing offers to you.
When you use Verizon websites and apps, information is collected about your device and your visit including browsing, searching and buying activity as you interact with our sites and apps; IP address; mobile telephone, device numbers and identifiers; 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, performance measurement and other business purposes; and to help us deliver more relevant Verizon marketing messages on our websites, on non-Verizon websites, by our representatives, via email, or via other Verizon services or devices. This information is also used to tailor the content you see, manage the frequency with which you see an advertisement, tailor advertisements to better match your interests and 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 our sites. Additional information about data collected by Oath on websites, apps and services is described in the Oath and Yahoo privacy policies.
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 provides information about the companies and data practices that were used to deliver the ad and also describes how you may opt out of this type of advertising program. Additional information on choices you have about the use of information for advertising purposes can be found in the "How to limit the sharing and use of your information" section below. View information about "cookies" and related technologies.
When you contact us for information or when you enter a Verizon-sponsored or affiliated contest, sweepstakes or promotion, we may use the information you supply to provide you with information about Verizon services, programs and offerings. Certain promotions may require that we disclose information such as contest winners or provide information for 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 also collect information from you when you 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 includes a unique identifier in certain web traffic from your mobile device. The identifier is used to help deliver relevant advertising and to deliver other services such as authenticating devices on the network. If you opt out of the Relevant Mobile Advertising program and you have not joined Verizon Selects, or if you activate certain types of lines that are not eligible to participate in our advertising programs, Verizon Wireless will stop inserting the Unique Identifier Header (UIDH). The identifier will continue to appear for a short period of time while we are updating our systems.
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 apps and services such as navigation, weather, mapping and child safety apps or tools. Verizon apps that use location information provide choices about the use of this information.
Verizon wireless device may include system software we use to help gather diagnostic information used to monitor network performance and the performance of your connections. Similar Verizon-supplied software enables automatic installation of apps when you activate your device and with your consent at later times. This software may be used, for example, to install an app you request or open an app or your browser to a specific page when you are interacting with a voice response system or an advertisement. This software collects information about the actions it takes, including information about when an app or browser is first opened and when it is uninstalled. You can delete or disable apps installed by this software at any time.
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.
To the extent that Section 631 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (the "Cable Act") applies to services you purchase, it entitles you to know about the personally identifiable information a cable service provider collects. This includes the nature of the use and disclosure of this information and to whom it may be disclosed, how long personally identifiable information is maintained, and how subscribers may access it. In addition, the Cable Act imposes limits on the collection and disclosure of personal information and gives subscribers the ability to enforce their privacy rights. (Personally identifiable information does not include aggregate data that does not identify a particular person).
The Cable Act allows a provider to use its cable system to collect personally identifiable information necessary to render a cable service or other services provided to subscribers and to detect and prevent unauthorized access to services. Additional personally identifiable information may be collected with the subscriber’s prior consent. Personally identifiable information may be used or disclosed without the subscriber’s consent where necessary to render services, and to conduct legitimate business activities related to services provided.
We may be required by law to disclose personally identifiable information to a governmental entity to comply with valid legal process, such as warrants, court orders or subpoenas, but we will not disclose records revealing your selection of video programming unless we receive a court order indicating that the governmental entity has made a specified showing of relevance and you were afforded an opportunity to contest the order. We may be required to disclose personally identifiable information (including your selection of video programming) to a non-governmental entity to comply with a court order, after you have been provided notice.
If you believe that your privacy rights have been violated, please e-mail us and we will work with you to address your concerns. If you believe that you have been aggrieved as a result of a violation of the Cable Act, you may enforce the limitations imposed by the Cable Act through a civil action in a United States district court seeking damages, attorney's fees, and litigation costs. Other rights and remedies may also be available to you under federal or other applicable laws.
The Cable Act permits the disclosure of customer names and addresses as long as a subscriber has been provided with the opportunity to prohibit or limit this disclosure and the disclosure does not reveal, directly or indirectly, the subscriber’s viewing or other uses of the cable or other services provided. If we intend to share data in this way, we will provide you with the opportunity to prohibit or limit this type of sharing.
Relevant Mobile Advertising
The Verizon Wireless Relevant Mobile Advertising program helps make marketing you see more personalized and useful to you across the devices and services you use. This program shares information with Oath (formed by the combination of AOL and Yahoo).
We do not share information that identifies you personally outside of Verizon as part of this program other than with vendors and partners who do work for us. We require that these vendors and partners protect the information and use it only for the services they are providing us. You have a choice about participating in this program.
Business and Marketing Insights
|Verizon Wireless uses certain customer information to create aggregate business and marketing insights. The program uses Information about how you use your mobile device, including web browsing, apps and features you use and the location of your device, as well as certain information about your Verizon products and services (such as device type and amount of use) and demographic and interest information you provide or we obtain from other companies (such as gender, age range and interests). We may also use information provided by business and marketing clients who want us to develop aggregate insights about their own customers. We combine this information in a manner that does not personally identify you and use it to prepare aggregated business and marketing insight that we may use ourselves or share with others for their use. We may also share location information with others in a way that does not personally identify you so that they may produce aggregate business and marketing reports. You have a choice about whether your information is included in these reports.|
Relevant Online Advertising
The Relevant Online Advertising program helps make online ads you see more interesting and useful using your postal address; certain information about your Verizon products and services – such as service packages, Fios TV purchases and viewership categories; and demographic and interest information we obtain from 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 information that identifies you personally as part of these programs other than with vendors and partners who do work for us. We require that these vendors and partners protect the information and use it only for the services they are providing us. You have a choice about participating in this program.
Relevant TV Advertising
|Verizon’s Relevant TV Advertising program helps make Fios TV ads you see more interesting and useful using your postal address; certain information about your Verizon products and services (such as service packages purchased, video on-demand purchases and program viewing data; and demographic and interest information you provide or that we obtain from other companies - such as gender, family size, and luxury car owner. The ads may appear on a variety of platforms where Fios television customers can access video content. We do not share information that identifies you personally as part of these programs other than with vendors and partners who do work for us. We require that these vendors and partners protect the information and use it only for the services they are providing us. You have a choice about receiving this type of advertising and you can opt out online.|
Oath consists of over 50 digital and mobile brands globally, including HuffPost, Yahoo News, Yahoo Sports, Tumblr and AOL, as well as advertising platforms such as ONE by AOL, BrightRoll, and Gemini. Many free services provided by Oath brands are supported by advertising displayed on those services. Oath advertising platforms also provide a variety of online advertising services that place other companies’ ads across the sites, services and devices you use.
Verizon shares customer information within our family of companies for a variety of purposes, including, for example, providing you with the latest information about our products and services and offering you our latest promotions. You can limit the sharing of certain types of customer information, known as Customer Proprietary Network Information, or CPNI, within the Verizon family of companies for marketing services to you different from your current services.
Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) is information that relates to the type, quantity, destination, technical configuration, location, amount of use and related billing information of your telecommunications or interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. Federal law governs our use and sharing of CPNI.
Verizon uses vendors and partners for a variety of business purposes such as to help us offer, provide, repair, restore and bill for services we provide. We share information with those vendors and partners when it is 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 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, for example, to assist with the delivery of advertising campaigns, or preparing and sharing aggregate reports. This information does not identify Verizon customers individually.
Verizon provides the names, addresses and telephone numbers of wireline telephone customers 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.
You may see third-party advertisements on some Verizon websites, services, apps and devices. Some advertisements are chosen by companies that operate on our sites and other sites (for example, ad servers, ad networks, or technology platforms) to place ads on behalf of advertisers. These companies may place and access cookies on your device to collect information about your visit on websites and may collect device advertising identifiers from your mobile operating system to learn about your use of apps, including ours. The information they collect from our sites and apps is in a form that does not identify you personally and may be combined with similar data they obtain from other websites and apps to help advertisers better reach audiences they wish to target. Targeting may be accomplished by tailoring advertising to interests that they infer from your interactions on our sites and apps and your interaction with other sites and services where these companies also are present. Oath advertising services including ONE by AOL, BrightRoll, and Gemini, also provide these types of services to advertisers; more information is described in the Oath and Yahoo privacy policies.
If you choose to interact with specific advertisers who advertise on our apps sites or services, the information you provide to them is subject to the conditions of their specific privacy policies.
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. View additional information about online behavioral advertising. 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.
Similarly, advertising may be customized based on predictions developed from your use of applications and industry self-regulatory principles also apply. This type of advertising involves the use of device advertising identifiers. View information about opting out of this use of your device advertising identifier.
We also may permit advertisers on our sites, apps and services to place ads based on certain information we have about your Verizon products and services as well as geographic and demographic data. Information used for this purpose does not identify you individually.
Verizon websites and services may include social network or other third-party plug-ins and widgets that may provide information to their associated social networks or third-parties about your interactions with Verizon pages you visit or services you use, even if you do not click on or otherwise interact with the plug-in or widget. View information about "cookies" and related technologies.
You have choices about how Verizon shares and uses information.
Customers of Verizon telecommunications and VoIP services may choose to limit the use and sharing of CPNI for Verizon's marketing services outside of services you currently have. Notice about our use and sharing of CPNI and the choices you have may be provided on your monthly bill, over the phone, via text, in contracts or in other ways.
Verizon Wireline consumers and certain business customers may opt out by calling 1-866-483-9700. Verizon Wireless consumer and certain business customers may call 1-800-333-9956. Other customers may decline to provide or withdraw CPNI consent by following the instructions in the Verizon notice seeking consent.
Federal "Do Not Call" laws allow you to place your phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry to prohibit many telemarketing calls to those numbers. To add your numbers to this list, please call 1-888-382-1222 or visit the National Do Not Call Registry.
Most telemarketing laws allow companies to contact their own customers without consulting the federal or state Do Not Call list. If you would like to be removed from Verizon's residential telemarketing list, please contact us at 1-800-VERIZON. If you would like to be removed from the Verizon Wireless telemarketing list, please contact us 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 emails you receive from 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 postal mailings or prevent door-to-door marketing solicitations from Verizon by calling 1-800-VERIZON. You may opt out of receiving marketing-related postal mailing or prevent text message marketing by Verizon Wireless by calling 1-800-922-0204. You may opt out of receiving marketing-related postal mailing or prevent text message marketing by Verizon Vehicle service by calling 1-800-711-5800. 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.
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 and apps. 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. You may also visit Digital Advertising Alliance's Consumer Choices to learn more or to limit the collection of information by these parties. Similarly, many mobile devices offer controls you can set to limit the advertising use of information collected across mobile apps on your device. Oath advertising services including ONE by AOL, BrightRoll, and Gemini, also provide these types of services to advertisers; more information is described in the Oath and Yahoo privacy policies.
Please note that many opt outs use browser cookies or device controls and are specific to the device and browser you are using. If you buy a new computer, change web browsers or devices or delete the cookies on your computer, you may need to opt out again. In addition, ads you receive may still be tailored using other techniques such as publisher, device or browser-enabled targeting. You should check the privacy policies of the products, sites, apps and services you use to learn more about any such techniques and your options.
You also can limit the collection of certain website information by deleting or disabling cookies. Most computers' Internet browsers enable you to erase stored cookies, block all cookies, or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. 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. View information about "cookies" and related technologies.
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 personalized and useful to you.
Verizon Wireless customers may choose not to have their information included in the creation of aggregated business and marketing insights that do not specifically identify any individual customers. You may opt out by calling 1-866-211-0874 or by visiting your privacy choices page in My Verizon. Please note that if you have multi-line account, you should 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 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 personal information from children under the age of 13 without obtaining verifiable parental consent.
To learn more about AOL's information practices with respect to children under 13, please review AOL's Important Note to Parents. To learn more about Yahoo’s practices for children under age 13 please visit Yahoo’s Children's Privacy & Family Accounts policy.
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 e-mail. 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 CyberTipline.
Additional Internet safety resources and information are available at:
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. Personally identifiable and other sensitive records are retained only as long as reasonably necessary for business, accounting, tax 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. Learn more about Internet and phone scams and tips on how to protect yourself.
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 contact us online. Verizon Enterprise Services customers may update their information by contacting their account manager. Verizon Vehicle customers may change or update their contact information by calling 1-800-711-5800. Registered AOL users may access and update their registration information and any billing or shipping information by visiting My Account. You can edit your Yahoo Account Information, including your marketing preferences, at any time. You can also modify information you have provided to Yahoo through the Yahoo products or services you may use.
Fios and other customers served over our fiber-to-the-premises network who would like to see their personally identifiable information, may e-mail us to arrange a time and convenient location to do so during business hours. You will need to provide proper identification and you may examine records that contain personally identifiable information about you and no one else. If you believe any of your personally identifiable information is inaccurate, we will work with you to ensure that corrections are made. Verizon reserves the right to charge you for the cost of photocopying any documents you request.
Information sharing: Blogs and social networking
Some Verizon websites, apps and services may allow you to participate in blog discussions, message boards, chat rooms, and other forms of social networking and to post reviews. These forums are accessible to others and information you post can be read, collected, shared, or otherwise used by anyone who accesses the forum. 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.
Updated June, 2017
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Verizon Privacy Office
1300 I Street, NW
Suite 400 West
Washington, DC 20005