Remember Verizon\u2019s zombie cookies, hidden super-cookie identifiers that tracked users across the Internet? They\u2019re baaaack! moviemaniacsDE Poltergeist\u00a0screenshotVerizon was previously caught manipulating users\u2019 traffic by inserting supercookies. \u201cBy attaching a Unique Identifier Header to all traffic that passes through their network, Verizon could effectively build profiles about users habits, the sites they visit, and deliver targeted advertisements based on this tracking,\u201d explained EVDO. \u201cThis Unique Identifier Header was then popularly renamed the \u2018Zombie Cookie\u2019 since even after being deleted, the tracking cookie would be added back to the network and users would be tracked again.\u201dVerizon, which has about 135 million wireless subscribers, resisted giving users a way to opt-out, but finally caved to pressure. Since then, the company paid about $4.4 billion to gobble up AOL, with the acquisition finalized in June 2015. According to Verizon\u2019s October 2015 privacy notice, which was first spotted by ProPublica, it will share users\u2019 profiles with AOL\u2019s ad network beginning in November. \u201cThat means AOL\u2019s ad network will be able to match millions of Internet users to their real-world details gathered by Verizon, including \u2014 \u2018your gender, age range and interests\u2019.\u201dBut wait, that\u2019s not nearly all as Verizon reported:The Relevant Mobile Advertising program uses your postal and email addresses, certain information about your Verizon products and services (such as device type), and information we obtain from other companies (such as gender, age range, and interests). The separate Verizon Selects program uses this same information plus additional information about your use of Verizon services including mobile Web browsing, app and feature usage and location of your device. The AOL Advertising Network uses information collected when you use AOL services and visit third-party websites where AOL provides advertising services (such as Web browsing, app usage, and location), as well as information that AOL obtains from third-party partners and advertisers.You might be thinking, pfft, who still uses AOL, but AOL\u2019s ad network is quite extensive. Verizon\u2019s chief privacy officer claimed the identifiers will be shared with only \u201ca very limited number of other partners and they will only be able to use it for Verizon and AOL purposes.\u201d Hopefully you didn\u2019t buy that and don\u2019t feel comforted.ProPublica explained:Privacy advocates say that Verizon and AOL\u2019s use of the identifier is problematic for two reasons: Not only is the invasive tracking enabled by default, but it also sends the information unencrypted, so that it can easily be intercepted.\u201cIt\u2019s an insecure bundle of information following people around on the Web,\u201d said Deji Olukotun of Access, a digital rights organization.Yet Verizon\u2019s chief privacy officer Karen Zacharia wants you to believe \u201cit\u2019s more privacy protective because it\u2019s all within one company. We are going to be sharing segment information with AOL so that customers can receive more personalized advertising.\u201d Perhaps she nearly choked on that one as every privacy officer knows that it is the dream of users to be tracked across the web via unkillable zombie cookies so their info can be shared in return for better advertising. Yes, that was sarcasm about the supercookies, which will be shared with a \u201cvery limited number of other partners.\u201dHow limited is this cozy privacy-protective network? Well, let\u2019s see shall we? Verizon said its \u201cfamily of companies offers a wide and growing variety of free services, including The Huffington Post, MapQuest, and our new mobile video service, go90.\u201d The \u201cAOL Network refers to AOL-owned rich media branded properties, including but not limited to the Huffington Post Media Group, MapQuest, MovieFone, Techcrunch, etc.\u201d It also includes AOL Advertising, which includes Advertising.com that calls itself a \u201cmassive premium, cross-screen network with 596M global unique visitors.\u201dPut another way by ProPublica, AOL\u2019s ad network alone is on about 40% of websites. I suppose 40% is \u201climited\u201d if your goal was to take over the world, but the reality is that AOL has a massive ad network. Users are automatically opted in, so unless you opt out by logging into your Verizon account or calling 866-211-0874, then get ready to be tracked.