ALL major U.S. cellphone companies guilty of privacy violations: Bombshell report reveals they track you and sell your location data to bounty hunters

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan Huff
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Is your mobile phone carrier illegally selling your GPS location data to bounty hunters without your knowledge or consent? A new report says it’s a strong possibility, as it exposes pretty much every major cellphone carrier as a culprit in a massive privacy breach and surveillance scheme that’s apparently been taking place for years under the radar.

According to Motherboard (VICE), AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are all guilty of violating their customers’ privacy rights, as they’ve been pawning off for profit sensitive location data about their users that was intended to be collected for 911 operators and other emergency services.

These three major carriers reportedly pawned off the precise location data of at least some of their customers to roughly 250 bounty hunters, each of whom paid up to $1,100 a pop to location data companies working with these mobile phone carriers – to the tune of tens of thousands of individual requests – which procured them with this sensitive information.

Is anything sacred anymore when it comes to personal privacy?

While Motherboard uncovered last month that bounty hunters were illicitly accessing the location data of their targets by looking at the “pings” sent back and forth between their phones and local service towers, it has now been revealed that the data these bounty hunters have been accessing was even more precise than that.

Reports indicate that a “shadowy” company called CerCareOne was collecting and selling assisted-GPS, also known as A-GPS, data, which is so accurate that it can actually pinpoint the exact location of a mobile phone user inside a building.

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