Verizon emailed me on the 29th letting me know about their new terms of service for my DSL connection. The new terms go into effect on Tuesday, March the 4th. They can be found at http://www2.verizon.net/policies.
I hope no one wants to contribute to any adult sections of the Internet, you can’t do that according to sections 2(a) “Verizon reserves the right to deny Service to you, or immediately to terminate your Service for material breach, if your use of the Service or your use of an alias or the aliases of additional users on your account, whether explicitly or implicitly, and in the sole discretion of Verizon: (a) is … pornographic, … or of a sexually explicit or graphic nature;” and 3(b) “You may NOT use the Service as follows: … (b) to post or transmit information or communications that, whether explicitly stated, implied, or suggested through use of symbols, are … pornographic, … or of a sexually explicit or graphic nature;.” That seems to be too broad, as sexually explicit talk could include medical concerns.
And section 6 says “[y]ou agree that your name, UserID, and other identifying information may be placed in our user directory.” What user directory? Is that open to the public? Or just the internal one that Verizon maintains of their customers? It seems that they wouldn’t need to put in their Acceptable Use Policy that Verizon is keeping a copy of their customer’s information.
Section 7 seems to let Verizon share your info and surfing habits if they even suspect you of doing anything wrong. “Verizon reserves the right to cooperate with legal authorities and/or injured third parties in the investigation of any suspected crime or civil wrong. Such cooperation may include, but not be limited to, provision of account or user information or email as well as monitoring of the Verizon network.” It also seems to say that Verizon won’t stand up for your rights, but will instead simply roll over for any complaints about one of their customers.
I realizethat the terms of any ISP are more to cover their butt than to be effective, and that 99% of their customers won’t care what is in these agreements. But they still give a lot of power to the company, and none to their customer.