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Message+

Introduction

The Message+ app helps you send and receive texts, photos, videos and gift cards, participate in group chats and use features like Search and Yelp. Message+ is covered by the Verizon Privacy Policy as well as the practices described here. If there is a conflict between the two policies, the practices described in this policy govern when you are using Message+.

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Information we collect and how it is used.

We collect information you provide (such as your name and picture) and information about your device and use of Message+. This includes your mobile telephone number, device identifiers, device type and operating system, your contacts, and information about the Message+ features you use and your interactions with them. We use this information to deliver, analyze, maintain and support Message+ services; enhance application features; customize and personalize your experiences; and provide social network interactions.

We may combine data collected through your use of Message+ services with data from other Verizon affiliates, including Verizon Media, and with data we obtain from third-parties to help make advertising you see more relevant on the devices you use.

Based on your permission, Message+ determines or infers your device’s precise location by collecting information from your devices’ cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS location and sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer, light, magnetometer and pressure). We may collect this location information even when Message+ is not in use. We use this information and allow Verizon Media to use it as well to make ads you see more interesting to you on devices you use and to enhance other location-based services and experiences we provide.

Information sharing.

Public Profile: You have the option to create a Message+ public profile including a name and avatar associated with your mobile telephone number. We display your public profile on messages you send, to each recipient on group messages that include you, when you reply to messages from people in your Contacts, and after one reply to anyone who is not in your Contacts. You can edit or delete your public profile from the Sidebar menu.

Message+ location messaging feature: You have the option to share your location with people you choose for a length of time you set. Messages sent using this feature share your phone number and device location with message recipients. Your name and picture will also be shared if you have set your messages to do so. Recipients will be able to track your location for the time you allow and may share your message with others, including social networking platforms or other public forums. The feature is provided by Verizon and Glympse and is also covered by the Glympse Privacy Policy.

Other location-based features:  Other location-based features: When you allow Message+ to collect location information from your device, we use the information to provide features such as location-relevant search results provided by Verizon Media, recommendations provided by Yelp and the Glympse feature described above. Information you provide in connection with these features is covered by the Verizon Media and Yelp privacy policies.

Choices and controls.

There are controls within the Message+ app that let you choose whether the Glympse feature is active and how long device location information is shared for each message.

You can edit or delete your public profile from the app’s sidebar menu.

If you have allowed Message+ to collect location information to enhance location-based services supported by the Verizon family of companies, including Verizon Media, you can change your choice on the Message+ settings page. To stop all collection of location information by Message+, you should use the location settings on your device.

To opt-out of receiving interest based ads in apps on your mobile device, you should use your device’s “Limit Ad Tracking” control. You can use the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Consumer Choice page to opt-out of receiving interest-based advertising on websites you use. If you are a registered user of Verizon Media services, you should also opt-out using the Verizon Media Privacy Controls.

Last Update: April, 2020