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US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data

By Patrick following x   2018 May 16, 7:26am 984 views   11 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


https://www.zdnet.com/article/us-cell-carriers-selling-access-to-real-time-location-data/

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.
1   FNWGMOBDVZXDNW   ignore (2)   2018 May 16, 8:37am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Any criminal would have to be an idiot to use a phone tied to their name. That goes for any bozo who is just pulling off a single crime rather than a career criminal. Fortunately for cops, there are many bozos.
As for the various uses mentioned in the article, the carriers ought to be responsible for how 3rd parties use their data. They ought to also offer a different price for users who want their location or other information never to be sold to 3rd parties.
2   HEYYOU   ignore (18)   2018 May 16, 9:12am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Faraday cage.
He's here, How did he get over there?
Dumb ass phone addicts can't stop tracking.
They also gave up their data to Facebook.

Stupid is unfixable.
3   NuttBoxer   ignore (2)   2018 May 16, 11:09am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

FNWGMOBDVZXDNW says
Any criminal would have to be an idiot to use a phone tied to their name.


There's no mention of someone needing to be a criminal to have their location data collected. Hence the lawsuit.
4   NuttBoxer   ignore (2)   2018 May 16, 11:11am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Patrick says
US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data


We've known for years our location data was being collected. If you voluntarily wear your ankle bracelet in the world largest prison country, you deserve what comes next.
6   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (34)   2018 May 20, 8:15am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

This was inevitable. Which is why my cell is a pay as you go on a cash for credit basis, using a pseudonym. I still chuckle when my T-Mobile account announces, "Welcome Mustafa!" after I log in.
7   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch   ignore (34)   2018 May 20, 8:58am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

If the FCC can't track libby assholes how is AMERICA! going to be able to track them down with attack drones and neutralize this threat to liberty?
8   Strategist   ignore (3)   2018 May 20, 9:17am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Yesterday I had to call AAA. They knew exactly what street I was on. I had to give them permission to locate me first.
Technology is awesome. You can always know where your car is, where your kids are, and which hotel your spouse is spending those mysterious 2 hours in.
9   curious2   ignore (0)   2018 May 20, 1:29pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch says
I still chuckle when my T-Mobile account announces, "Welcome Mustafa!" after I log in.


I thought your name would be Commander AF, or Lord and Savior AF, or some similar appellation.
10   everything   ignore (1)   2018 May 20, 4:47pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

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.
11   NuttBoxer   ignore (2)   2018 May 21, 12:00pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

everything says
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.


How would you feel about the government installing cameras in your home? Oh wait, the NSA already did that. But I guess there's nothing interesting you do in your bedroom or bathroom you'd care about them viewing or archiving.




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