AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile announce plans to stop selling your location data to outside companies amid growing pressure from f…Business Insider #Location_DataJanuary 12, 2019
AT&T said Thursday, two days after the report was published, that it will stop selling all location data from mobile phones to brokers beginning in March .
T-Mobile chief executive John Legere said in a tweet that it will “completely” end “location aggregator work” in two months as well.
As for Verizon, it too will cease its four remaining location-sharing agreements, according to a statement to The Washington Post.
Verizon said there will be an exception for useful services that, for instance, help customers with roadside assistance or fraud protection, but only after the user gives permission.
An AT&T spokesperson said it no longer supports location aggregation services.
In the Motherboard investigation, a reporter gave a bounty hunter $300 to discover the real-time location of a phone, which was tracked down in Queens, New York by just using its T-Mobile phone number.
Senators, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) all made statements this week urging Congress to pass legislation to ensure location-data sales come to a halt.
On Twitter, Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner for the FCC, called for an investigation into the controversial practice to happen “stat” on Jan. 8 on Twitter.
“The FCC needs to investigate,” Rosenworcel said Wednesday on MSNBC .
However, these recent demands from lawmakers come nearly seven months after Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile originally pledged to stop providing information on phone owners’ locations to data brokers.
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