AT&T to end all location-data sales to data brokers

AT&T says it’ll stop selling location data amid calls for federal investigation

As for the other US carriers, Sprint told that it has ended its contract with Zumigo and blocked Microbilt from accessing Sprint location data.

But, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel says the agency still needs to uncover what third-parties had access to user's location data.

Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox wrote, "I gave a bounty hunter a phone number". We asked Sprint for an update today and will update this article if we get a response. He said Congress should advance his legislation that would grant the FTC greater authority to safeguard consumer data and fine companies for privacy and security violations. It is yet another example that highlights the importance of a specialized federal agency enforcement, and the need for a comprehensive privacy legislation.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has been pushing mobile providers to end location-data sales.

Verizon was the only one of the four major carriers that wasn't flagged by Motherboard's investigation. The phone described in the Motherboard story was tied to the carrier.

The telecom industry has "failed again and again", he said, "to protect Americans' information". The bill calls for fines up to 4% of a company's annual revenue on first offense and 10- to 20-year criminal penalties for senior executives. He's calling on the FCC to make sure these companies make good on their promise. "But until 2020, and until other states become as proactive as California, we have no choice, and that's why the lack of a penalty for the abuse is so galling", Court said.

AT&T had already suspended its data-sharing agreements with a number of so-called "location aggregators" past year in light of a congressional probe finding that some of Verizon's location data was being misused by prison officials to spy on innocent Americans.

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"Sadly, most of us assume not only that what we deliberately put on the Internet will fall into unauthorized hands but that data generated by our devices, services and even our human networks will be utilized in various ways we haven't authorized".

But nobody quite dropped the ball like the carriers, which said they would not to share location data again. "Over the past few months, as we committed to do, we have been shutting down everything else". "We have terminated all other such arrangements". However, the details were identical: it was an approved third party that purchased subscribers' location records from a carrier, and through a chain of organizations, sold that private location data to pretty much anyone willing to pay it: from auto salespeople, stalkers, and property managers to criminals, bounty hunters, and private investigators, potentially.

"We take the privacy and security of our customers' information very seriously and will not tolerate any misuse of our customers' data". "We have previously stated that we are terminating the agreements we have with third party data aggregators and we are almost finished with that process", the company wrote in a statement.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere made a similar statement on Twitter, saying that T-Mo is "completely ending location aggregator work". "It will end in March, as planned and promised".

AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are among the cell-service firms reportedly peddling the data, according to the tech website.

"This is not the Russian government or the North Korean government hacking into a system that hasn't been protected". Those companies in turn may repackage and resell it to "over a hundred" other companies.

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