T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon will reportedly be fined at least $200 million for selling customer location data


After the FCC confirmed last month that U.S. wireless carriers broke the law by selling customers’ real-time location data, a new report says that all four major operators will face fines.

T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon are all expected to be hit with fines that could be at least $200 million in total. The fines will be officially announced by the FCC on Friday, reports Reuters, and the carriers will be able to challenge the fines before they become final.

The exact amount of the fines could change and may even increase.

Back in May 2018, a bug on the website of location aggregator LocationSmart allowed anyone to find the location of another person’s cellphone. Then a report in early 2019 found that T-Mobile and other major carriers had been selling access to customer location data. In one example, a bounty hunter was paid $300 for a Google Maps screenshot that showed the location of a T-Mobile customer’s phone.

After the latter report came out, the U.S. carriers said that they would end the agreements with location aggregators that led to the sale of customer location data. T-Mobile said that it ended location aggregator work in March 2019.

None of the major U.S. carriers have responded to this news of impending fines.

Source: Reuters

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  • mikeZo6

    Good privacy is a must !

    • dcmanryan

      Yep but in the end what does it matter? You’ve already been violated, phone companies will pay 200 million but to who? You won’t see a dime of it.

      • Joe

        Yeah. I think the fine should be 2x the price they estimate that the data was sold for and that the money goes back to the customers as a credit.

  • Shaun Michalak

    It makes me wonder why the last report that came out, for some reason “verizon” was not in that list?? Yet they are now.. Why was their name left out of the last one?

  • Franco Cortez

    I think they should pay the people whose data they stole. Where is my check? Lol

  • Bklynman

    Maybe we should start class action lawsuit. If anyone knows the law about ,can it be done?