BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless issued the following statement today regarding the use of Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI):
"Verizon Wireless is taking another step to deliver the best service to its customers while providing the maximum protection for customer privacy. Verizon Wireless is currently sending its customers a notice that customer information will be shared within the Verizon family of companies to facilitate the offering of better service packages to consumers. Customers are given the option to forego the sharing of information among the Verizon companies.
"Specifically, the notice sent to customers is an advance notice that Verizon Wireless may share basic customer information with our parent companies. This notice, following rules set forth by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), gives customers who do not want that information shared with our telecommunications affiliates the option of telling us by 'opting out.' The FCC has rules which state specifically that opt-out is the way to share information and provide certain required language, which we followed.
"Verizon Wireless has a long-standing policy of guarding personal customer information. We have put this process in place so that we can ensure our customers' privacy needs and expectations are met even within the Verizon family of companies. We will continue to vigorously defend the privacy rights of our customers."
For more information, visit Verizon's Technology and Telecommunications Policy Blog at http://policyblog.verizon.com.
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