Verizon to pay $7.4 million in FCC privacy settlement

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Verizon has agreed to pay $7.4 million to settle an FCC investigation into a lapse in its consumer privacy protections, the commission announced this morning. The FCC found that for several years during the mid-2000s, Verizon had not properly informed some customers about their ability to opt out from having their information used in helping it tailor marketing campaigns. Information about opting out of this data collection has traditionally been included on either the first bill or a welcome letter from Verizon, but about 2 million customers did not receive the notice, which is required by the Communications Act.

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