Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently urged all four major carriers to
stop the practice, and today he published responses he received
from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Sprint.
Wyden’s statement praised Verizon for “taking quick action to
protect its customers’ privacy and security,” but he criticized
the other carriers for not making the same promise.
“After my investigation and follow-up reports revealed that
middlemen are selling Americans’ location to the highest bidder
without their consent or making it available on insecure Web
portals, Verizon did the responsible thing and promptly announced
it was cutting these companies off,” Wyden said. “In contrast,
AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint seem content to continuing to sell
their customers’ private information to these shady middle men,
Americans’ privacy be damned.”
AT&T changed its stance shortly after Wyden’s statement.
A sign of life from the Senate.