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So you can prevent AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile from selling your data | Digital Trends Spanish


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If you think that only social media companies share your data with third parties, we regret to inform you that this is not the case. Most carriers sell our web browsing and application usage data to advertisers.

Although it is true that in their privacy policies most of them ensure that customer information is anonymous before sharing it, many experts agree on how complicated it is to carry out.

If this situation worries you and you are a customer of one of the main operators in the United States (AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile), do not worry, because we explain the steps you must follow to prevent them from tracking your data such as location, web activity and the use of applications, but above all, that they share them with third parties.

First of all, remember that even if you carry out what we are going to explain, you will continue to receive publicity, although that yes, it will no longer be directed to your interests.

Don’t share your data with AT&T

The steps for AT&T customers who want to avoid selling their data are as follows:

  • Sign in to your AT&T account from a browser.
  • Enter the section “Control how we use your data “.
  • Manually select the phone numbers of your account that you do not want to share data about.

For California and Nevada customers it’s even easier thanks to consumer privacy laws in both states. In this case they only have to request it with this simple form.

Don’t share your data with Verizon

In the case of Verizon we have two privacy setting options. One is from your website and the other is from your mobile app.

From the Verizon website

  • Go into Verizon.com from any browser and log in with your credentials.
  • Click on Bill and enter Account settings .
  • Click on Privacy settings and then in Personalized experience.
  • Select the option Do not use for each phone number on your account.
  • Do the same in the section Personalized Experience Plus with each of your associated phone numbers.
  • Press Save Changes.

From the My Verizon app

  • Inside your app enter Settings> Preferences> Manage privacy settings.
  • Turn off relevant mobile advertising (and any other services you prefer not to participate in).

Don’t share your data with T-Mobile

From the T-Mobile website

  • Sign in with your T-Mobile account.
  • Click on My account> Profile> Privacy and notifications> Advertising and analysis.
  • Turn off the “Use my data to make ads more relevant to me” option.

From the T-Mobile app

  • Tap the tab Plus.
  • Press Advertising and analysis.
  • Turn off “Use my data to make ads more relevant to me.”

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