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Phone Companies Pinky Swear They'll Stop Selling Your Location Data [tr]
gizmodo, et. al. ^ | 1/10/2019 | Dell Cameron

Posted on 01/11/2019 7:35:26 PM PST by catnipman

Last May, T-Mobile promised to stop selling its subscribers’ location data after reports surfaced that it was being funneled to law enforcement officers who’d otherwise need a warrant to get it. But that hasn’t happened so far.

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AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have reportedly all agreed to do this. But at this point, who can believe them?

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Now, almost every major teleco is being forced to reckon with their own negligence by severing all ties to these so-called “location aggregators,” which have paid god knows what for access to our whereabouts.

(Excerpt) Read more at gizmodo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cell; data; phones; phonespies; selling; spies
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Motherboard, which originally broke the story:

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nepxbz/i-gave-a-bounty-hunter-300-dollars-located-phone-microbilt-zumigo-tmobile

CNET:

https://www.cnet.com/news/senators-call-for-investigation-on-phone-companies-selling-location-data/

WaPo:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/01/10/phone-companies-are-selling-your-location-data-now-some-lawmakers-want-federal-investigation/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.effcfba3d933

Bottom line: for a few hundred bucks, anyone has been able to buy real time tracking data of your cell phone location from the major mobile carriers, including stalkers, murderers, bounty hunters, collection agents, rogue cops, and many, many more!

1 posted on 01/11/2019 7:35:26 PM PST by catnipman
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To: catnipman

Faraday Baggies are the way to go.


2 posted on 01/11/2019 7:41:38 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

“Faraday Baggies are the way to go.”

indeed. i’m selling them right now no my website, though they are somewhat roll-your-own “baggies”... what you receive in the package is a 10” x 10” heavy-duty piece of aluminum foil and a set of folding instructions that any idiot can follow ...


3 posted on 01/11/2019 7:44:23 PM PST by catnipman ((Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!))
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To: catnipman

How about they stop selling our damn phone numbers to third parties (telemarketers).


4 posted on 01/11/2019 7:48:46 PM PST by 2CAVTrooper (Democrats... BETRAYING America since 1828.)
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To: catnipman

As a geolocation specialist, this article isn’t total bs, but it misses the mark in total accuracy.

Basically is not insulting, but it’s also very wrong


5 posted on 01/11/2019 7:50:19 PM PST by Celerity
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To: 2CAVTrooper

DAM STRAIGHT! If there was one federal law I could support it would be that one. Make all telemarketing illegal.

They want to sell something? Then send it through the mail.


6 posted on 01/11/2019 7:51:46 PM PST by crz
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To: 2CAVTrooper

My “low tech” flip phone has a feature where I can limit incoming calls to the phone numbers in the “Contacts” list.

Excellent!


7 posted on 01/11/2019 7:54:22 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Celerity

U R going to have to ‘slain yourself/specific knowledge.


8 posted on 01/11/2019 8:00:56 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: catnipman
and the check is in the mail, and i won't ****
9 posted on 01/11/2019 8:01:04 PM PST by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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To: Paladin2

Frankly I’m too busy adjusting my business model because they aren’t doing for me what they are contracted to do.

But in a nutshell: the locating data that try share is very guarded. The servers used by that bounty hunter (who I’m told i actually know) was not what anyone would expect.


10 posted on 01/11/2019 8:46:08 PM PST by Celerity
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To: Celerity

Interesting, but quite unclear to me.

I’m not getting any insight into your inside info/position.


11 posted on 01/11/2019 8:48:57 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

I’ve been on my cellular all day. Autocorrect bs and FR goes wonky when my text exceeds the textbox size. I’ll try to remember to pick this up tomorrow.
I may not have answers, but i have insight. Freepmail me maybe?


12 posted on 01/11/2019 8:55:32 PM PST by Celerity
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So they will just be giving it away?


13 posted on 01/11/2019 8:59:34 PM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: Celerity

Desktops still rule...


14 posted on 01/11/2019 9:03:02 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: catnipman

“It’s the Phone Cops!”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTPzTG1Lx60


15 posted on 01/11/2019 9:07:19 PM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: catnipman
They won't sell our location data, per se, you have to buy a package of deals to get that data thrown in for free...
16 posted on 01/11/2019 11:42:01 PM PST by null and void (If they don't respect our borders, why would you expect them to respect our National Parks, or us?)
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To: catnipman

We have Ooma and they have a feature where you can put in only the phone numbers you want ringing your number. All the rest get a message to leave a number and the phone doesn’t ring unless they are listed in our directory. Pssst. Telemarketers don’t like leaving messages.


17 posted on 01/12/2019 12:04:15 AM PST by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys)
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To: catnipman

Everyone kept arguing with me about carriers doing this. Here we go... You cannot trust these greedy carriers one bit.


18 posted on 01/12/2019 3:11:49 AM PST by Openurmind
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To: catnipman

Ummm...turn off location unless you need it?


19 posted on 01/12/2019 4:58:16 AM PST by Adder (Mr. Franklin: We are trying to get the Republic back!)
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To: catnipman

I carry my phone in a lead lined case. The effer won’t ping location until I take it out to use it.

I keep getting roaming sales messages because they cannot track me hour to hour. I just pop up on their net at my choice.

So the solution is simple.


20 posted on 01/12/2019 5:32:21 AM PST by Candor7 ((Obama Fascism)http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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