AT&T Claims it will Stop Selling Your Location Data

13 January, 2019, 17:28 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • A person's hand holding a smartphone that is displaying a map

A T-Mobile spokesperson said the company takes customer privacy and security "very seriously and will not tolerate any misuse of our customers' data".

It was just past year when Senator Ron Wyden wrote to the Federal Communications Commission about Securus, a firm that that was offering geolocation of phones to low-level law enforcement without a warrant, thereby jeopardizing cell phone locations of not only inmates, but anyone with a phone number - which is pretty much everyone.

Motherboard also reached out to Zumigo, the company who sold T-Mobile user data to Microbilt in the first place.

The sensitive data was available because AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint sell the information to third-party "location aggregators".

The spokesman added that the company previously stopped "most" location aggregation services, but maintained "some that protect our customers, such as roadside assistance and fraud prevention". The report naturally caused concern amongst lawmakers and privacy advocates. Now the company says it will also end those sales in March. Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Sen.

The calls come after reports from The New York Times and Vice that provided an alarming look at just how much location data is quietly collected through smartphones, and how that data can be accessed by third parties. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Mark Warner (D-VA), took notice of this immediately and criticized the phone carriers for not taking enough measure for protecting their customers' data.


AT&T and T-Mobile say they'll stop handing over your cell phone location data to third parties after a report found the information could end up for sale on the black market.

After the report was released, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said on Twitter, "The @fcc needs to investigate".

It is true that your phone can reveal everywhere you go even though you may not know about it. Cell towers and Global Positioning System data provide nearly accurate information about where you may be from time to time. "This entire ecosystem needs oversight".

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai hasn't offered any comment. But they already missed the June 2018 deadline (via ArsTechnica).

As Motherboard reported, there are legitimate uses for the sharing of location data, including detecting financial fraud or locating motorists who need roadside assistance. The bounty hunter received the triangulated cellphone tower data through his bail-bond company, which was able to buy it from a third-party vendor for as little as $12.95 per number. "Major carriers pledged to end these practices, but it appears to have been more empty promises to consumers", Wyden wrote in a tweet. 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. "We do not knowingly share personally identifiable geolocation information except with customer consent or in response to a lawful request such as a validated court order from law enforcement".

Phones can often show your location with pinpoint accuracy, as well as your travel history, allowing anyone with access to find your home, your workplace and other areas you frequent. "Over the past few months, as we committed to do, we have been shutting down everything else". Wyden reiterated his call for Congress to pass his legislation banning carriers from selling mobile subscribers' location data.

Recommended:

  • Lampard urges Hudson-Odoi to snub Bayern Munich

    Lampard urges Hudson-Odoi to snub Bayern Munich

    And The Mail claim he is keen for the club to accept the offer because he fears he can not develop under Sarri. The teen is the subject of intense interest from Bayern Munich .
    Briefing: China offers Tesla's Elon Musk permanent residency

    Briefing: China offers Tesla's Elon Musk permanent residency

    The Model 3, on the other hand, will be offered with no fewer than three batteries plus rear- and all-wheel drive. The starting price for the 75 kilowatt hour version of the "S" is $76,000 and $82,000 dollars for the "X".
    Apple developing 3 new iPhones for fall release

    Apple developing 3 new iPhones for fall release

    Earlier this week we saw the first alleged renders of the upcoming iPhone 11 and today there's a fresh report about it. The discounts in China which focus specifically on the iPhone XR are carried out by online retailers in particular.
  • Andy Murray to retire as 4th-highest earner in tennis history

    Andy Murray to retire as 4th-highest earner in tennis history

    I think we played the first time against each other when I was eight and she was nine, something like that. Monday's Australian Open first-round match against Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut could be his last.
    What did Prince William do on Duchess Kate's birthday?

    What did Prince William do on Duchess Kate's birthday?

    The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her 37th birthday with a family tea party at Kensington Palace , it has been reported. But since becoming a mother, the Duchess has preferred to celebrate privately with her close family.
    Packers confirm hiring of LaFleur as coach

    Packers confirm hiring of LaFleur as coach

    When you're making adjustments when the defense is out there. "I have had the opportunity to be here a few other times. LaFleur will now get to work putting together his coaching staff as the busy offseason continues.
  • The key issues Meghan Markle wants to champion as a royal

    The key issues Meghan Markle wants to champion as a royal

    Meghan , Duchess of Sussex puts a bracelet on Patsy Wardally during her visit to charity styling centre, Smart Works . The Queen held the roles at the National Theatre and Commonwealth Universities for 45 and 33 years respectively.
    Ghosn indicted on additional charges including aggravated breach of trust

    Ghosn indicted on additional charges including aggravated breach of trust

    His wife Carole Ghosn said she had received no information about his health and "pleaded" with Japanese authorities for news. But afterwards Ghosn's lawyer said it would be "very difficult" to win bail and it could be months before his case is heard.
    Lexar unveils mammoth 1TB SD card at CES 2019

    Lexar unveils mammoth 1TB SD card at CES 2019

    It's pricy - considering you can snag two 512GB cards for less than $300 at times - but that doesn't make us want it any less. With 8K video coming fast larger capacity cards will be a must however V30 might not cut it.
  • 'Total success': China broadcasts images from far side of moon

    'Total success': China broadcasts images from far side of moon

    The Chang'e-4 mission - named after a moon goddess - made the world's first soft landing on the moon's far side on January 3. The spacecraft is equipped with radar, cameras, and spectrometers for studying the far side of the Moon.
    Huawei fires sales manager who Poland charged with spying

    Huawei fires sales manager who Poland charged with spying

    It has also become involved in the US-China trade dispute after the arrest last month of chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou . Huawei is a leader in the development of next-generation "5G" mobile networks and a key player in building them in Europe.
    Public Review: Vicky Kaushal impresses the audience with his act in Uri

    Public Review: Vicky Kaushal impresses the audience with his act in Uri

    Nonetheless, both the films have good hype around them, and are likely to witness further growth in earning on Sunday. Apart from Vicky Kaushal, Uri: The Surgical Strike features Yami Gautam , Paresh Rawal and Kirti Kulhari in key roles.


Popular

Bafana Legend Masinga Passes Away
A stunned Jordaan described the likeable and popular former player's passing as a sad day for the sport. The South African played for Leeds United between 1994 and 1996.

Greece says it has grounds for war reparation claim against Germany
Athens blocked for decades, therefore the approach of Macedonia to the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation . Greek Conservatives and nationalists criticize this Arrangement, because a Northern Greek province is called Macedonia.

Trump concealed details from meetings with Putin
Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson . Protesters rally before Trump and Putin's Helsinki meeting .

National Football League could relocate AFC championship if Chargers host
Speaking of New Orleans, the Saints are 5-0 in the Superdome during the playoffs with Sean Payton as their head coach. The magic of Nick Foles will continue for another week as I stand by what I said in my previous week of predictions.

Aldridge scores 56, Spurs outlast Thunder in 2OT
With the impressive win, San Antonio improved to 25-18 on the season and 18-5 at home where they've now won seven in a row. He did it last year, and he's doing it this year, too. "He's been fantastic, and obviously he had a great night".

Barcelona want a new striker... and Ernesto Valverde praises Chelsea's Alvaro Morata
Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata could be make stunning return to La Liga to join Spanish champions Barcelona , according to reports. In addition to Munir , Sevilla also announced Friday an agreement had been reached for Ajax centre-back Maximilian Wöber .

Lexus shows LC Convertible Concept ahead of Detroit debut
It's a shape that evolved naturally from the original LC design, yet still manages to stand on its own with a unique identity. Inside, meanwhile, there's white leather with yellow accent stitching across Lexus' extravagantly bolstered sports seats.

Bungie and Activision are Splitting Up
It's not hard to see why investors would sell their shares in ATVI, Destiny is a hugely popular video game franchise. As Bungie takes over complete control of Destiny , Activision will increase it's focus on its other IPs.

No Intent to Declare Border Security Emergency 'Right Now'
For the president, who visited the Texas border with Mexico on Thursday, the border situation amounts to an invasion by criminals. Constitution to control government spending - and make it easier for a future Democratic president to bypass Capitol Hill.

PM warns of catastrophe if Brexit rejected
A senior Norway-supporting Labour MP said their option could gain the upper hand as it can command broader support among Tories. A vote to show there is a Commons majority in favour of delaying Brexit is also being plotted by a cross-party group of MPs.