Tag Archives: privacy

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]

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]