After damaged promise, AT&T says it’ll cease promoting cellphone location knowledge

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Cell carriers are once more promising to cease promoting your cellphone location knowledge to different corporations—this time for actual.

The 4 main carriers pledged to cease promoting buyer location knowledge to third-party knowledge brokers in June 2018, however a Motherboard investigation revealed this week discovered that T-Cell, Dash, and AT&T have been nonetheless doing so.

Earlier this week, AT&T stated it “solely allow[s] sharing of location when a buyer provides permission for circumstances like fraud prevention or emergency roadside help or when required by regulation.” However the Motherboard investigation confirmed that the information was being re-sold on the black market, permitting just about anybody to get the placement of different individuals’s telephones.

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