US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data | ZDNet


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The company embroiled in a privacy row has "direct connections" to all major US wireless carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint -- and Canadian cell networks, too.
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may 2018 by GameGamer43
The company embroiled in a privacy row has "direct connections" to all major US wireless carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint -- and Canadian cell networks, too.
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may 2018 by kger
In case you missed it, a senator last week sent a letter demanding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigate why Securus, a prison technology company, can track any phone "within seconds" by using data obtained from the country's largest cell giants, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, through an intermediary, LocationSmart

Electronic Communications Privacy Act only restricts telecom companies from disclosing data to the government. It doesn't restrict disclosure to other companies, who then may disclose that same data to the government.

He called that loophole "one of the biggest gaps in US privacy law."

law enforcement may be violating the law by not seeking data directly from the phone carriers. "Law enforcement shouldn't have unfettered access to this data, whether they get it from Securus or directly from the phone companies," said the EFF.
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may 2018 by bwiese
(Screenshot: ZDNet. Source: State of Georgia ) Four of the largest cell giants in the US are selling your real-time location data to a company that you've…
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may 2018 by kohlmannj
Four of the largest cell giants in the US are selling your real-time location data to a company that you've probably never heard about before.
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may 2018 by plouf
How LocationSmart, which has “direct connections” to major US carriers including AT&T and Verizon, sells millions of Americans' real-time phone location data
may 2018 by joeo10