Sprint to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

Sprint to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

On Wednesday, House Committee on Energy and Commerce GOP leaders wrote letters to AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon requesting answers to a variety of questions, including asking the telcos to identify which third parties they have shared location data and information with at any time since 2007.

After broken promise, AT&T says it’ll stop selling phone location data

After broken promise, AT&T says it’ll stop selling phone location data

Earlier this week, AT&T said it "only permit[s] sharing of location when a customer gives permission for cases like fraud prevention or emergency roadside assistance or when required by law." But the Motherboard investigation showed that the data was being re-sold on the black market, allowing pretty much anyone to get the location of other people's phones.

AT&T to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

AT&T to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

That data access travelled through a complex chain of different companies, starting with T-Mobile, before going to a location aggregator called Zumigo.