AT&T to finish all location-data gross sales to information brokers

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AT&T says it can cease promoting all location information from cell phones to brokers following a report that firms are nonetheless promoting that data to shadowy firms with out buyer information.

Final yr, AT&T and different carriers pledged to cease offering location data to information brokers. However AT&T made an exception for helpful companies that, as an illustration, assist clients with roadside help or fraud safety. Now the corporate says it can additionally finish these gross sales in March.

The transfer follows a Tuesday report on Vice’s Motherboard website that confirmed how bounty hunters can observe cellphone places utilizing service information.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has been pushing cellular suppliers to finish location-data gross sales. He mentioned Thursday that Congress must cross laws to make sure they arrive to a halt.

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