The four biggest wireless providers in the United States face legal action for allegedly selling customer location data…
Back in January, news headlines alerted the public to the fact major wireless carriers were selling off user information to third-parties. On the heels of those reports, AT&T promised to end the practice.
But much later, some customers received strange text messages with unsettling news. It confirmed to customers the practice did in-fact happen.
Four Largest US Wireless Carriers Sued for Selling Customer Location Data
Now, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile face a lawsuit alleging the defendants violated federal communications law by sharing customer phone numbers, account information, and location data.
The scandal evolved from the legal practice of using third-party services to track employee smartphones. However, this data was also sold to other entities, including bounty hunters.
All four carriers have allegedly already stopped the practice. But, just after the scandal came to light, fifteen US Senators requested the FCC and FTC to hold a special hearing.