U.S. cell carriers are probably still selling your real-time phone location data - Fast Company
Fastcompany.com - Thu 10 Jan 04:56 GMT

U.S. cell carriers are probably still selling your real-time phone location data - Fast Company

An investigative report shows that the personal data economy is alive and kicking.

  After it came out, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon sent a letter demanding that the FCC investigate why the third-party organization Securus Technologies was able to track any phone “within seconds” by using data obtained from cell phone companies, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, through an intermediary called LocationSmart.

  For instance, AT&T vowed to “protect customer data” and “shut down” Securus’s access to its real-time store of customer location data.

  T-Mobile chief executive John Legere tweeted at the time that he “personally evaluated the issue” and promised that the company “will not sell customer location data to shady middlemen.”

  The bounty hunter quickly obtained the reporter’s location using Zumigo’s location data from his T-Mobile phone.

  According to Motherboard, “Microbilt shared that data with a customer using its mobile phone tracking product.