Home » Tech

Verizon to stop selling phone location data to third parties

22 June, 2018, 02:22 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Verizon, AT&T are cutting off location-data sharing contracts

Yet relatively few knew that wireless carriers like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint sell that location data to brokers, effectively knocking over the first domino in a series of transactions involving their personal info.

The Verizon logo is seen on the side of a truck in New York City, U.S., October 13, 2016.

On Twitter, T-Mobile CEO's also chimed in, and said the data-sharing was coming to an end. Verizon confirmed in a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, who has been probing the issue, that it's cutting off location data to third-party brokers.

Wyden contacted the major carriers after his probe found that a prison phone company called Securus Technologies with access to such data had allowed law enforcement to use it to track people.

Verizon did not respond to questions from the AP on whether it plans to sell location data directly that had been brokered by the two California companies. "Verizon has notified these location aggregators that it intends to terminate their ability to access and use our customers' location data as soon as possible", the company wrote.

T-Mobile didn't address issues with third-party data brokers more generally, but said in a recent letter to Sen.

The FCC announced an investigation into the LocationSmart leak last month, in the wake of reports about the LocationSmart data leak.

LocationSmart and Securus did not respond to a request for comment. "The company does not warehouse or track a mobile user's historic identity and location information", said the company.

Sprint hinted that its privacy policy allows the phone giant to share customers' personal data, "including location information" with third-parties. Securus users - typically law-enforcement and correctional facilities - were able to sidestep the usual court-authorized requirements on tracking customer locations. Rather, it deals with the practice of selling data to third parties with which users have no direct connection.

Privacy advocates called the carriers' decision a small victory, but called for further safeguards on consumer data.

Sprint, in a statement to The Verge, confirmed that it would be ending the sale of subscriber location data as well.

Wyden asked the carriers to identify which third parties have been acquiring carrier location data and to provide details such as any third-party sharing of location data without customer consent.

"Verizon deserves credit for taking quick action to protect its customers' privacy and security", Wyden said in a statement at the same time as he published the letters.

LocationSmart pushed back against Wyden's characterization, insisting in a statement that it "does not buy or sell location information, nor does it permit the sharing of location information about any mobile device without a user's consent". "We will not enter into new location aggregation arrangements unless and until we are comfortable that we can adequately protect our customers' location data through technological advancements and/or other practices".

As for T-Mobile and Sprint, things are still up in the air.


  • Israel says indicts ex-cabinet minister over alleged spying for Iran

    Israel says indicts ex-cabinet minister over alleged spying for Iran

    He tried to appeal this ruling and asked Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman to restore his license, but Litzman refused. But Segev's lawyers, Eli Zohar and Moshe Mazor, said some of the allegations in the Shin Bet statement were overblown.
    The World's Best Restaurant Is Osteria Francescana

    The World's Best Restaurant Is Osteria Francescana

    Massimo Bottura accepted the award for the three-Michelin-star restaurant in Modena, Italy, saying, "This is unbelievable . It's also the best restaurant on the African continent . "I don't have the answers".
    Natalie Joyce speaks for first time after Barnaby's affair

    Natalie Joyce speaks for first time after Barnaby's affair

    It was March a year ago when Ms Joyce knew she could no longer hold her silence about her husband's infidelity. She said she knew her marriage was over in July 2017 following an overseas trip with her husband.
  • Wawrinka clears first hurdle at Queen’s

    Wawrinka clears first hurdle at Queen’s

    You can't live on the glory from a year ago . 'And for me it was really tough, because I had to start from zero physically. Rybarikova's versatility and shot-making fluidity enabled her to control the match nearly from start to finish.
    FPJ's dream XI predictions for Iran and Spain; Live blog

    FPJ's dream XI predictions for Iran and Spain; Live blog

    Diego Costa's fortunate goal settled a tight contest in Kazan, moving Spain level on points with Portugal at the top of Group B . Then, trailing in the second half, Iran almost equalized when Saeid Ezatolahi had a goal ruled out on video review.
    BOAZ recognized video game addiction a mental illness

    BOAZ recognized video game addiction a mental illness

    The WHO follows the likes of France and Denmark who have already removed transgenderism from the list of mental disorders . Experts say there are millions of gamers around the world and this probably only applies to a small percentage.
  • Israeli Leader's Wife Charged With Fraud

    Israeli Leader's Wife Charged With Fraud

    More so, the meals were not for the family's personal enjoyment, but for household workers and guests, including global diplomats. Sara Netanyahu , [left] the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , has been charged with fraud and breach of trust.
    Reporter groped, kissed during live FIFA World Cup broadcast in Russian Federation

    Reporter groped, kissed during live FIFA World Cup broadcast in Russian Federation

    Ms Theran said she had been working in sports reporting for a long time and she had never been attacked, even though she was "exposed to the fans and some insane people".
    Microsoft introduces its Google News competitor ‘Microsoft News’

    Microsoft introduces its Google News competitor ‘Microsoft News’

    This effort also "powers news on Microsoft Edge , the News app in Windows 10, Skype, Xbox and Outlook.com". Your interests and browsing habits will nearly certainly inform the stories that are delivered to you.
  • Amazon expands StitchFix competitor Prime Wardrobe to all customers

    Amazon expands StitchFix competitor Prime Wardrobe to all customers

    Not all clothing items are eligible for Prime Wardrobe , but items that are eligible will have a Prime Wardrobe logo. From there, customers have seven days to decide what they want to keep.
    Parents brawl at youth softball tournament

    Parents brawl at youth softball tournament

    The clip shows almost a dozen adults involved in the altercation, as punches are thrown, while others tussle on the ground. Both teams were disqualified from the tournament at Brickyard Park in Kingsport, Tenn.
    Lucky Costa goal sees Spain past dogged Iran

    Lucky Costa goal sees Spain past dogged Iran

    Following the Morocco win, thousands took to the streets in rare and wild celebrations including many women. We will wait and see if they can conjure up something even more spectacular against Portugal next week.


Algeria goes offline to stop students cheating
Last year, the authorities tried to stop it by shutting down social media access - but that was not thought to be tough enough. Ms Benghrabit also said surveillance cameras and mobile phone jammers had been installed at exam printing presses.

Koko, the Bay Area gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46
Koko was born on the Fourth of July, 1971, at the San Francisco Zoo; her full name, Hanabi-Ko, is Japanese for "fireworks child". Five years later, the Gorilla Foundation was created in the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 kilometers south of San Francisco.

Ozark Season 2 Premiere Date, Trailer Revealed: What Is the Endgame?
Bateman's other Netflix series, Arrested Development , is still awaiting word on a release date for the second half of Season 5. The stakes are even higher than before and The Byrdes soon realize they have to go all in before they can get out.

Daria and Made Being Revived at MTV
The Real World's last season, subtitled " Bad Blood ", debuted in 2016 and aired its last episode in early 2017. The original series, a spinoff of Beavis and Butt-Head, ran for five seasons from 1997-2002 on MTV .

Confusion reigns over fate of detained migrant children
And it revises the longstanding preference for family visas in favor of a merit system based on education level and work skills. Because any illegal border crossing is prosecuted, parents and children are separated during the legal process.

Toyota Confirms 986-HP Hypercar Headed for Production
Still, to have such a supercar carry the Toyota badge can only mean interesting things lie ahead from the carmaker. The attention on driver's cars will soon be supported by a reintroduction of a Toyota Supra as well.

Prices Dip Slightly on Reports Iran May Agree to Small Production Hike
OPEC will discuss possible changes to the supply-cut deal in the Austrian capital later this week. Zanganeh was due to attend a ministerial committee on Thursday, two sources said.

Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic: Argentina will be our 'easiest game'
We are getting a good price on the draw and it is a fair result so it is the wager which I am going to suggest for this game. It's hard to tell my teammates something new about Messi, as he is an outstanding player.

Jack Wilshere announces he will leave Arsenal
Wilshere signed a five-and-a-half-year deal in 2012, and had been in talks "for a number of months" about a new contract. I doubt he would be interested and I certainly can't see Jack Wilshere being a major asset to Newcastle United .

Kim Kardashian Catches North West Putting Eye Shadow All Over Her Face!
Having enjoyed the taste of using her platform to help others, Kim has now turned her attention to death row inmate Kevin Cooper . And although some people may have been offended by criticism like West's, Kardashian West said that he was only trying to help. .