Tag Archives: location data

T-Mobile says its T&Cs prevent customers from suing over sale of location data

Remember a couple of months ago when we learned that T-Mobile and the other major U.S. carriers were hit with a class action lawsuit related to the sale of customer location data? Now T-Mobile has responded to the suit against it, saying that its customers can’t sue. T-Mobile has argued that the customers involved in the location data class action lawsuit can’t sue T-Mo because of the terms and conditions that they agreed to. “By … [read full article]

T-Mobile and other U.S. carriers face class action lawsuits over selling customer location data

The saga of location data scandals involving T-Mobile and the other three major U.S. carriers continues with news of class action lawsuits. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have been hit with class action lawsuits related to the various location data scandals that’ve been uncovered over the past year or so. As noted by Motherboard, the suits have been filed by Z LAW, which describes itself as a “consumer protection law firm”. “This action arises out … [read full article]

FCC Commissioner asks T-Mobile and other carriers for update on ending sales of location data

Following some security and prvacy issues related to U.S. carriers selling customer location data to third-parties, an FCC commissioner has reached out to the operators for more info on the situation. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon for details on their efforts to end their agreements with location aggregators as well as what their previous agreements with these companies allowed. As noted by Motherboard, Commissioner Rosenworcel sent the … [read full article]

T-Mobile discloses another instance of location data misuse

T-Mobile and the other major U.S. carriers have been involved in a few location data scandals recently, and now some details on another possible locaiton data issue has surfaced. In a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, T-Mobile revealed another instance of T-Mo customer location data misuse. Anthony Russo, T-Mobile’s VP of Federal Legislative Affairs, explains that in August 2014 a location aggregator called LocAid told T-Mobile that it was temporarily suspending a location-based services provider … [read full article]

New report offers more info on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint customer location data being sold to bounty hunters

Remember that story that came out last month about T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint customer location data being bought by bounty hunters? Turns out that the issue may have been bigger than originally thought. A new report has shed more light on the situation involving the location data of major U.S. carriers being sold and trickling down to bounty hunters, including some people who accessed this data thousands of times. Motherboard explains that around 250 bounty … [read full article]

T-Mobile responds to location data scandal, says it’s ‘completely ending’ aggregator work

Days after a new report came out that show that T-Mobile and other carriers were selling customer location data that could easily be bought and used by bounty hunters to track a phone’s location, T-Mobile has said that it’s working to end that practice. T-Mobile said in a statement to The Verge that it has “blocked access to device location data for any request submitted by Zumigo.” In the report that came out earlier this … [read full article]

T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint customer location data being bought by bounty hunters

T-Mobile was a part of a location data scandal last year in which a website allowed anyone to track the location of any phone, and now it looks like another location data issue has popped up in 2019. A new report from Motherboard details how T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to customer location data. Specifically in the case of T-Mobile, a bounty hunter was paid $300 and was able to get the a … [read full article]

T-Mobile won’t sell location data to ‘shady middlemen’, says CEO John Legere

UPDATE: T-Mobile today sent me the following statement regarding this news: “We ended all transmission of customer data to Securus and are terminating our location aggregator agreements.”   ORIGINAL: Today several U.S. carriers committed to stop selling customer location data to brokers, and now T-Mobile CEO John Legere has chimed in on the matter. Legere has said that he’s “personally evaluated” the issue involving user location data, pledging that T-Mo “will not sell customer location data … [read full article]

LocationSmart website bug allowed anyone to view real-time location data of U.S. wireless customers

It was recently discovered that a bug with a particular website would allow anyone to see where a person and their cellphone were located. LocationSmart is a company that provides location data to companies that can be used for things like tracking employees and mobile advertising. It offered a free demo on its website that allowed anyone to see the location of their phone by entering their name, email address, and phone number. LocationSmart … [read full article]