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.

Congress is calling for an investigation into cell phone providers selling user location data.

Congress is calling for an investigation into cell phone providers selling user location data.

If you want your lawmakers to join the effort to protect your privacy data, contact Congress now to demand that they work with the FCC to investigate why cell phone companies are selling our location and personal information, and enforce laws to prevent this from ever happening again.

Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

Image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images On Tuesday, Motherboard revealed that major American telcos T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint are selling customer location data of users in an unregulated market that trickles down to bounty hunters and people not authorized to handle such information.

Google misleads kids and parents about apps, complaint filed with FTC says

Google misleads kids and parents about apps, complaint filed with FTC says

In a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, the groups said many apps included in the Family section in Google Play engage in prohibited targeted advertising, show inappropriate ads and/or content, and use unfair or deceptive marketing practices, in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

Reckless VI Mexican Journalists Investigating Cartels Targeted with NSO Spyware Following Assassination of Colleague

Reckless VI Mexican Journalists Investigating Cartels Targeted with NSO Spyware Following Assassination of Colleague

This report details how colleagues of a slain Mexican journalist investigating cartels were targeted with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware in the days after his killing.

#TeleormanLeaks explained: privacy, freedom of expression, and public interest

#TeleormanLeaks explained: privacy, freedom of expression, and public interest

However, both “clarifications” published on their website fail to explain why the authority interpreted the situation not to fall under the derogations of Article 7 of the Romanian law 190/2018 (that implemented Article 85 of GDPR which requires reconciliation of the right to the protection of personal data with the right to freedom of expression and information, including processing for journalistic purposes).

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Discusses Social Media Privacy With Top Officials

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Discusses Social Media Privacy With Top Officials

A gathering between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and top state law enforcement officials took place on Tuesday to discuss the ways the government can protect the privacy of social media users.

Facebook hackers accessed more private information than previously revealed

Facebook hackers accessed more private information than previously revealed

Nearly half of those impacted -- approximately 14 million users -- had their username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or Pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches," the company's vice president of product management Guy Rosen, wrote in a blog post.

Call for wide-ranging GDPR investigation into online ads, which could kill today’s real-time bidding system

Call for wide-ranging GDPR investigation into online ads, which could kill today’s real-time bidding system

A formal complaint has been submitted to the data protection authorities in the UK and in Ireland, asking them to investigate the use of real-time bidding systems by Google and other ad tech companies.