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Subject: [IP] more on Connected: Verizon puts your privacy in precarious position

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • To: Ip ip <ip@v2.listbox.com>
  • Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 06:37:05 -0400



Begin forwarded message:

From: Bob Frankston <Bob2-19-0501@bobf.frankston.com>
Date: July 17, 2005 12:31:14 AM EDT
To: dave@farber.net, 'Ip ip' <ip@v2.listbox.com>
Subject: RE: [IP] Connected: Verizon puts your privacy in precarious position



This works both ways. In moving my distinct ring to a separate line in order to
make it portable I was in effect signing up for new service and they wanted my
birth date for credit verification. I don't like giving out any information but
you're in a bind. If you limit the amount of information used for verification
that small amount is easy to obtain and it makes &quot;identity theft&quot; easier.


Giving the information out risks more of it being there but I hope that it's
different aspects and they are not correlated. They very well might be but for
those who do that there are lots of ways to gather it -- just make a deal with
Disney for your biometric for that matter.


I don't have a simple answer except to learn to hide in plain sight (or plane
site?)


BTW, making a number portable by shifting it to a simple account is a useful
hack for going to VoIP but then today's VoIP is really faux telephony given the
limitations on PSTN bridging but at least I can get more redirect options and do
have the ability to use IP connections.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-ip@v2.listbox.com [mailto:owner-ip@v2.listbox.com] On Behalf Of
David Farber
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2005 19:14
To: Ip ip
Subject: [IP] Connected: Verizon puts your privacy in precarious position


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05197/538849.stm



Connected: Verizon puts your privacy in precarious position

Saturday, July 16, 2005

By David Radin
Would you give your credit card number to a company if you knew it
was to be used for anything else besides taking your payment? That is
exactly what is happening for thousands of people nationwide who have
signed up for Verizon's VoiceWing Voice over IP telephone service.


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