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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.