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Four of the largest cell giants in the US are selling your real-time location data to a company that you've probably never heard about before.In case you missed it, a senator last week sent a letter demanding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigate why Securus, a prison technology company, can track any phone "within seconds" by using data obtained from the country's largest cell giants, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, through an intermediary, LocationSmart.Real-time location data was accessible by police under "the legal equivalent of a pinky promise," said a senator.The story blew up because a former police sheriff snooped on phone location data without a warrant, according The New York Times. The sheriff has pleaded not guilty to charges of unlawful surveillance.
Any criminal would have to be an idiot to use a phone tied to their name.
US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data
I still chuckle when my T-Mobile account announces, "Welcome Mustafa!" after I log in.
I gave up and just leave the tracking on, I'm at work, home, or my garden most of the time. Once in a while I do garage sales which I'm sure makes for interesting data. My fitbit app is open too, it's ideal if anyone wants to break into my apartment and rob me, in which I say go for it, all I own is junk.