Wireless Providers are Hell-bent on Violating Our Privacy
Did you know that for $300 a bounty hunter (or anyone else) could figure out your location using data your wireless provider sold to them?
That’s right. Major U.S. cellular carriers like AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have been selling their customers’ location information and letting it fall into the hands of actual bounty hunters according to reporting from Vice’s Motherboard.1
But how is this even possible and doesn’t it violate some privacy law or something?
Buried in many wireless carriers’ customer-privacy policies is a provision that allows them to sell access to their customers’ location information. These providers then sell that information to data brokers, advertising networks, banks and other (supposedly) “reputable” companies.
Enough is enough. We need the FCC to step in and use its legal authority to protect our data from wireless carriers hell-bent on violating our privacy. Tell the FCC to do its job and finally put an end to these abuses.
1. “I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone,” Motherboard, Jan. 8, 2019: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nepxbz/i-gave-a-bounty-hunter-300-dollars-located-phone-microbilt-zumigo-tmobile
2. “Largest Cellphone Carriers to Limit Sales of Location Data,” The New York Times, June 19, 2018: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/technology/verizon-att-cellphone-tracking.html