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Thursday, January 10, 2019

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 our investigation, we purchased the real-time location of a cell phone from a bail industry source for $300, pinpointing it to a specific part of Queens, New York. The issue potentially impacts hundreds of millions of cell phone users in the United States, with customers likely unaware that their location data is being sold and resold through multiple companies, with even the telcos sometimes having little idea where it ends up and how it is used. Now, Senators and a commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have urged government bodies to investigate, with some calling for regulation that would ensure customers are properly made aware of how their data is being sold.

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LOL, but not Facebook just giving away personal information.

Or Google using Location data even when user turns it off....

Please ....

customers are properly made aware of how their data is being sold.

LOL whatever ... we will never have any idea.

#1 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-01-09 11:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#1 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

No surprise a hypocritical conservative gives a pass to companies with government-given monopolies while condemning the free-market's similar behavior.

You guys aren't anti-government or pro-lasseiz faire; you're simply in favor of government picking winners and losers so long as you ensure you get to be the winners.

#2 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-01-09 11:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"customers are properly made aware of how their data is being sold."

Yeah.

It's on page 157 of the end-user's agreement. Paragraph 5.

#3 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-01-09 11:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 4 | Newsworthy 1

No surprise a hypocritical conservative gives a pass to companies with government-given monopolies while condemning the free-market's similar behavior.

Look up GAFE and how these supposed "freemarket" companies are given government monopolies to destroy your rights of privacy.

You think they are free market companies ..... but you are soooooo far behind the curve.

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-01-09 11:52 PM | Reply

Here DrJones ... let me assist you ...

Over 20 advocacy groups complain to FTC that YouTube is violating children's privacy law
techcrunch.com

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-01-10 12:00 AM | Reply

Here is another link to your "free market" companies given a government monopoly violating more than just your "location" data ..

Google Acknowledges Data Mining Student Users Outside Apps for Education
blogs.edweek.org

Where is your outrage?

#6 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-01-10 12:03 AM | Reply

#3 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

For some reason my funny flag isn't working ... but that deserved one!

#7 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-01-10 12:03 AM | Reply

Thanks.

Frankly, a quarter of my posts are punch lines. Or at least, attempted ones.

#8 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-01-10 12:08 AM | Reply

"Look up GAFE and how these supposed "freemarket" companies are given government monopolies to destroy your rights of privacy."

How dare anyone besides the government be able to spy on us!

#9 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2019-01-10 06:59 AM | Reply

this would never happen in the private sector

---- the usual know-it-alls

#10 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-01-10 02:53 PM | Reply

If we had a government that served voters instead of corporations, we would have had a constitutional amendment to protect data and privacy when it became obvious that the internet would become a fundamental core of society.

Instead our government allowed privacy to be destroyed, surveillance to become all encompassing, and corporations to profit from it all.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-01-10 03:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4 | Posted by AndreaMackris

Ummm What does GAFE have to do with anything? It is a free market. Schools got sucked into the Google Platform just like they were sucked into the Apple platform before it. We don't adequately fund education so certainly they will use what they can best afford.

I don't agree with Google's policies at all. Nor just about any internet company but that is the price we pay for "free" services today. How many people would pay $100/year for a google subscription?

I guess I don't understand #1, are you suggesting the government should establish some controls on these companies and how they handle and distribute information? It sounds like you were slamming the government for cracking down on regulated industry and not unregulated industry or was I wrong? Did you actually suggest there should be more restraints on capitalism? That's socialistic sacrilege.

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2019-01-10 05:55 PM | Reply

"Yeah.
It's on page 157 of the end-user's agreement. Paragraph 5.
#3 | POSTED BY DANFORTH AT 2019-01-09 11:35 PM"

'But the plans were on display'
- Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

#13 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2019-01-11 12:52 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

It's ok for companies to sell customer information about a customer as long as the customer actively consents. Currently, the default decision is to sell customer information without the customer's knowledge or consent. Change the rules so that the default is to not sell customer information unless the customer consents. Furthermore, there should be readily available tools on the device so that customers can un-consent.

Customer data received by downstream sources must have an expiration date; afterwhich, the user of that data, under penalty of law, must discard the use of the data.

#14 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-01-11 06:20 AM | Reply

Way more than "location data" is being sold.

"Customer data received by downstream sources must have an expiration date; afterwhich, the user of that data, under penalty of law, must discard the use of the data."

#14 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2019-01-11 06:20 AM | Reply | Flag: Naive

Does not apply to ‘maintenance backups.'

#15 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2019-01-11 01:39 PM | Reply

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