Three US Based Mobile Providers Still Selling User Location Data
The bad news was delivered to me on Tuesday afternoon by this outstanding post by Jon Brodkin, reporting for Ars Technica. Read it and weep my friends, as they will know you by your location... Think it's time to move to a dumb phone from your current leaky smartphone? Think again Binky, as your location can still be determined and sold (if only from triangulated tower geography when your phone mpves from cell to cell and registers with the tower).
"In June 2018, all four major US wireless carriers pledged to stop selling their mobile customers' location information to third-party data brokers. The carriers were pressured into making the change after a security problem leaked the real-time location of US cell phone users. But an investigation by Motherboard found that "T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are [still] selling access to their customers' location data and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country." - via Jon Brodkin, reporting for Ars Technica*