T-Mobile & Sprint promise user location data sharing will soon stop

T-Mobile & Sprint promise user location data sharing will soon stop
Following a story published earlier this week by Motherboard which shed a light on US carrier practices regarding the sale of user location data, T-Mobile and Sprint have today announced that they are in the process of revoking third-party access to this data.

In a statement to The Verge, a Sprint spokesperson said that it will no longer “knowingly share personally identifiable” location data, the only exception to this rule being legal requests. Similarly, T-Mobile confirmed that it’s in the process of revoking access to all third parties, with CEO John Legere stating on Twitter that the practice “will end in March” without impacting customers that use the services for emergency assistance.

The two carriers, which are currently in the process of merging, also confirmed that Microbilt will no longer have access to their location data. Additionally, Sprint has notified Zumigo that its contract will be terminated immediately due to a violation of the carrier’s privacy policies.

For those of you that may be unaware, the two companies mentioned above were named in Motherboard’s report. More specifically, the bounty hunter hired by the publication was able to track location data through location-tracking service Microbilt, who itself obtained the data from Zumigo.

Previously, all four major carriers had promised to end location data sharing. But in a recent tweet by Senator Ron Wyden, the pledges were branded “empty promises to customers.”

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5 Comments

1. rouyal

Posts: 1573; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Can't get much location data with all their dead zones. Wocka wocka wocka

3. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Never going back to dumb and dumber, T-mo is freaking awesome!

2. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Any carrier that decided to allow this in the first place should have a 5 billion dollar class action lawsuit against them. What company in their right mind would think this was OK, or that they would get away with it and lose a lot of money over it. They should all pay.

4. fatTony

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

I completely agree with you. It's not like they're providing a free service like Google and Facebook (not that the behavior would be acceptable), they provide a paid service. Where do they draw the line? The Senator is right on this one.

5. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

They both said this month's ago and never stopped, doubt they will quit now.

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