AT&T claims selling user location data wasn't illegal, but stops doing it

AT&T claims selling user location data wasn't illegal, but stops doing it
We reported about two weeks ago that all four major carries in the United States are defendants in class action suits, which claim that they sold user location data to third-party companies. Well, it looks like the issue isn't whether or not they did it, but how and why.

AT&T has just confirmed in a letter made public on Friday that it did nothing illegal when it decided to sell the user location data of its customers, The Verge reports. Apparently, the carrier has found a loophole in the law, which allowed it sell specific user data to third-party firms.

According to the letter published recently, the type of data AT&T has sold is not included on the list of data that the Federal Communications Commission prohibits carriers from selling without user consent.


AT&T says in the letter that before its sells customer location data to an aggregator or location-based services provider, it investigates them. Unfortunately, it was discovered that some companies that bought the data from US carriers was accessible by bounty hunters.

The good news is even if AT&T thinks it didn't do anything illegal, the carrier announced it has stopped selling user location data, at least for the moment.

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2 Comments

1. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I don't believe I ever consented to AT&T selling my location data. Is it not illegal for them to do this without my consent?

2. Leo_MC

Posts: 6616; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Considering this statement, every EU citizen that traveled to USA after gdpr and used AT&T network o taked to a subscriber can sue for selling his personal data.

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