US Telecom Giants Accused of Selling Real-Time Location Data

US Telecom Giants Accused of Selling Real-Time Location Data

It was revealed in a letter by Sen. Ron Wyden to the FCC last week that a company called Securus is able to track any phone in the country within seconds by using data obtained from LocationSmart, a data aggregator which is said to have close ties to four of the largest cellular companies in the US.

The California tech company says that it has access to the location data of major telcos including US Cellular, Virgin, Boost, and MetroPCS, and even Canadian carriers, like Bell, Rogers, and Telus.

According to the director of New America’s Open Technology Institute Kevin Bankston, LocationSmart is able to do this due to a loophole in US privacy law which only restricts telecom companies from sharing such data to the government but not with other companies.

Source: ZDNet

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