21 Jun Verizon Agrees to Stop Selling Phone Location Data
Verizon said this week that it will no longer sell phone location data to third parties after Senator Ron Wyden found that the data was being used to track people without their consent.
Wyden discovered that a prison phone company called Securus Technologies used the data to help authorities track individuals without their knowledge. However, a Securus spokesperson argued that ending the ability of law enforcement to use such critical tools may compromise public safety and put Americans at risk.
AT&T Inc and T-Mobile US Inc also told Wyden that they have blocked Securus from accessing their customer data, but did not confirm that they would stop selling the location data to others.