All you need to track any phone’s location is a small bribe

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

"We are immediately eliminating the remaining services and will be done in March". "We're doing this right and shutting them down one by one, so customers who use this for safety services can make other arrangements", he added. "It will end in March, as planned and promised", he wrote in a tweet.

At this time, it appears AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are all selling location information about their customers to aggregators.

New reporting by Motherboard shows that while companies may have severed ties with LocationSmart, majority overlooked the other big player in the location-tracking business, Zumigo.

All the location tracking should occur with customer consent.

The other operators put out similar statements.

The U.S. wireless industry has been caught in a fresh scandal amid a new report that detailed how three of the nation's largest carriers have continued the practice of selling personal location data of their customers to third parties. "Nonetheless, we are reviewing these issues carefully to ensure the proper handling of all AT&T customer information".

But, just as we warned at the time, it was all weasel words.

The bounty hunter located the phone in Queens, New York using a subscription to location data broker Microbilt, which in turn got the data from another company Zumigo, which directly buys location data from carriers, according to the report.

In this case it wasn't Securus but a company called Microbilt. While it's always been known that carriers sell location data to certain third-parties for ostensibly reasonable purposes, the practice has become problematic because the data ultimately winds up in the wrong hands.

A damning report from Motherboard earlier this week regarding the misappropriation of cell phone customers' location data has prompted a swift response from wireless carriers. Wyden has found another supporter in the form of Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). Having been accused of lying to Senator Wyden, T-Mobile US boss Legere embarked on some history revision.

"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". The move came after reports revealed third parties were providing law enforcement officials access to cellphone location data without court orders. When contacted by Ars, Verizon said it has already stopped location data sharing agreements with limited exceptions for roadside assistance companies. Once those agreements are over, Verizon won't sell any location data, and will only share people's whereabouts to roadside assistance organizations with subscribers' permission, it is claimed.

On Tuesday, Legere returned to Twitter to insist that efforts to end the practice of selling location data are proceeding apace. These companies then sold that data to other companies, and so on and so forth. Last time around, FCC boss Ajit Pai refused to investigate the matter, and while there has been no response from Pai on the renewed calls for an investigation thanks to the partial United States government shutdown, it is a virtual certainly that he will continue his pro-telco agenda and stay away from the issue.

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