Last week, Motherboard revealed that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint
had been selling their customers’ real-time location data that
ultimately ended up in the hands of bounty hunters and people
unauthorized to handle it. Motherboard found this by purchasing
the capability to geolocate a phone for $300 on the black market.
In response, AT&T and T-Mobile said they were stopping all sales
of location data to third parties.
Nearly a week later Sprint has committed to doing the same, in a
statement to Motherboard.
“As a result of recent events, we have decided to end our
arrangements with data aggregators,” a Sprint spokesperson told
Motherboard in an email.
It’s an outrage that this happened in the first place, and should be investigated by authorities. But the fact that the carriers quickly moved to stop the practice shows the power of investigative journalism. Kudos to Motherboard.