AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile selling customers' real-time locations

All you need to track any phone’s location is a small bribe

All you need to track any phone’s location is a small bribe

In addition to telecoms selling cell phone location data to company, the researcher said that there is a trickle down effect with the information, which could land in the wrong hands.

Wyden, who urged Senate colleagues on Tuesday to take up the bill, reiterated in a statement to Motherboard: "It's time for Congress to step in and pass strong privacy legislation, like my bill, to safeguard our data and hold companies accountable when they fail".

The announcements reflect a major victory for privacy advocates who have slammed corporate America over its handling of consumers' personal information, often to their personal and economic expense.

T-Mobile said in a statement to The Verge that it has "blocked access to device location data for any request submitted by Zumigo".

Tweeting a response to the Motherboard article, Rosenworcel wrote: "The @fcc needs to investigate". Don't Miss: Amazon's best-selling Bluetooth earbuds hit a new all-time low of $15.99 with this exclusive coupon Addressing the issue head on, a Sprint spokesperson told The Verge that they company will no longer "knowingly share personally identifiable geo-location information" but for requests from legal authorities. US Senator Kamala Harris and Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel have also called on US regulators to investigate the data sharing. "We have followed through on our commitment to terminate aggregation arrangements and provide location information only with the express consent of our customers". A payment of $300 and a phone number was enough for a bounty hunter to track down the participating reporter by obtaining his location using Zumigo's location data, which was continuing to pay for access from most of the carriers. "It will end in March", Legere added.

"Wireless carriers are promising, yet again, to stop sharing Americans' location data without their consent".

Another report from Motherboard published today reveals that Google had demanded that the two carriers it uses for its Project Fi hybrid MVNO, T-Mobile and Sprint, refrain from selling Project Fi related location data to third parties.




U.S. telecommunication companies sell user data to aggregator companies who then sell this information in turn to their own customers.

All four major U.S. carriers vowed to stop selling customer location data to third-parties last June in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. "This entire ecosystem needs oversight".

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai hasn't offered any comment.

As Motherboard reported, there are legitimate uses for the sharing of location data, including detecting financial fraud or locating motorists who need roadside assistance. As a result of the ongoing partial shutdown of the USA federal government, the FTC was unable to provide a statement.

Verizon said it has "maintained the prior arrangements for four roadside assistance companies during the winter months for public safety reasons, but they have agreed to transition out of the existing arrangements by the end of the March".

Responding to the report, AT&T said in a statement: "We only permit sharing of location when a customer gives permission for cases like fraud prevention or emergency roadside assistance, or when required by law".

"Protecting our customers' privacy and security is a top priority, and we are transparent about that in our Privacy Policy. Over the past few months, as we committed to do, we have been shutting down everything else".

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