Verizon suspends customer location data sharing after Senator investigates

Verizon suspends customer location data sharing after Senator investigates

A screenshot tweeted by Jon Brodkin of an update to his article at Ars Technical indicates that T-Mobile's PR team told Wyden's office that the company "ended all transmission of customer data to Securus and will wind down our location aggregator agreements", though that passage was missing from the live version of the article at the time of this article's publication. Sen.

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Securus and 3Cinteractive were only approved to provide smartphone location data for prisons to confirm that "call recipients were not within a certain distance of the prison from which the collect phone call was placed", Verizon said in a letter to Wyden. At the time, LocationSmart claimed to have access to the four major US carriers, as well as US Cellular, and the Canadian carriers Bell, Rogers, and Telus. It is through such aggregators that organization have access to real-time location of users. Wyden that said: "AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint seem content to continue to sell their customers' private information to these shady middle men, Americans' privacy be damned", alongside letters from representatives from those companies indicating that the sale of location data would continue.

As such, we noted how if you were part of the #DeleteFacebook set but were still rolling around using a stock phone on an incumbent carrier network, you failed to understand that Facebook's casual treatment of private consumer data was the cross-industry norm, not some errant exception. However, so far LocationSmart hasn't responded to questions about why it was allowing Securus Technologies to use its data for warrant-less police searches.

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In emergency situations like that - which Sprint and T-Mobile also referenced as policy in their letters - the cell companies use "aggregators", or third parties, to facilitate the sharing of customer location data between the cell company and the roadside assistance company. Sprint only said that its customers have to "generally be notified" of such data sales.

"When these issues were brought to our attention, we took immediate steps to stop it. Customer privacy and security remain a top priority for our customers and our company". But the GOP-led Congress quashed those rules previous year. Zumigo appears oriented to the financial sector, and lists Intel, Wells Fargo and Capital One among investors.

Sen. Ron Wyden's statement said that, "After my investigation and follow-up reports revealed that middlemen are selling Americans' location to the highest bidder without their consent or making it available on insecure Web portals, Verizon did the responsible thing and promptly announced it was cutting these companies off". He said Zumigo does not let its customers resell the location data - and hopes to renegotiate with the carriers.

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