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AT&T, T-MOBILE, SPRINT selling customer real-time location
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T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/artic...go-tmobile
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Nervously, I gave a bounty hunter a phone number. He had offered to geolocate a phone for me, using a shady, overlooked service intended not for the cops, but for private individuals and businesses. Armed with just the number and a few hundred dollars, he said he could find the current location of most phones in the United States.

The bounty hunter sent the number to his own contact, who would track the phone. The contact responded with a screenshot of Google Maps, containing a blue circle indicating the phone’s current location, approximate to a few hundred metres.

Queens, New York. More specifically, the screenshot showed a location in a particular neighborhood—just a couple of blocks from where the target was. The hunter had found the phone (the target gave their consent to Motherboard to be tracked via their T-Mobile phone.)

The bounty hunter did this all without deploying a hacking tool or having any previous knowledge of the phone’s whereabouts. Instead, the tracking tool relies on real-time location data sold to bounty hunters that ultimately originated from the telcos themselves, including T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint
If society fell apart, we - the people would build a new one. Most people are good at their core, and when we see things that are wrong we work to fix them together. Make friends with your neighbors, get involved with your community - because we will rebuild our lives, our communities, from horrible circumstances we always will.
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no-place to hide!! LOL
there are many of us whom are not criminals in any manner, but enjoy our low profile existence and want it to stay that way, and soon it will be almost impossible to do that, when you look at the millions of non-criminals versus the criminal population, even with high crime, there really should NOT be this amount of surveillance on the general public at this time.
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(01-08-2019, 04:03 PM)Apache54 Wrote: no-place to hide!! LOL
there are many of us whom are not criminals in any manner, but enjoy our low profile existence and want it to stay that way, and soon it will be almost impossible to do that, when you look at the millions of non-criminals versus the criminal population, even with high crime, there really should NOT be this amount of surveillance on the general public at this time.

What's troubling is that ANYONE could pay a fee to find someone...to do harm or harass. All they need is the phone number.
If society fell apart, we - the people would build a new one. Most people are good at their core, and when we see things that are wrong we work to fix them together. Make friends with your neighbors, get involved with your community - because we will rebuild our lives, our communities, from horrible circumstances we always will.
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(01-08-2019, 04:03 PM)Apache54 Wrote: no-place to hide!! LOL
there are many of us whom are not criminals in any manner, but enjoy our low profile existence and want it to stay that way, and soon it will be almost impossible to do that, when you look at the millions of non-criminals versus the criminal population, even with high crime, there really should NOT be this amount of surveillance on the general public at this time.

You are correct Apache, the network is being installed to catalog you entire profile.
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(01-08-2019, 06:48 PM)Karu Wrote:
(01-08-2019, 04:03 PM)Apache54 Wrote: no-place to hide!! LOL
there are many of us whom are not criminals in any manner, but enjoy our low profile existence and want it to stay that way, and soon it will be almost impossible to do that, when you look at the millions of non-criminals versus the criminal population, even with high crime, there really should NOT be this amount of surveillance on the general public at this time.

What's troubling is that ANYONE could pay a fee to find someone...to do harm or harass.  All they need is the phone number.

AGREED!!
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AT&T to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

On Tuesday, Motherboard revealed that T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint were all selling their customers’ phone location data that ultimately ended up in the hands of bounty hunters, as well as people unauthorized to handle it at all. We found this by purchasing the capability to locate a phone from the black market for just $300. In response, several senators called for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate, and brought up the prospect of greater regulation of the telecommunications industry.

Now, AT&T says it is stopping the sale of all location data to so-called location aggregators, companies that sit in the supply chain between the telcos and clients, and which play a vital role in having that data trickle down to end users.

"Last year we stopped most location aggregation services while maintaining some that protect our customers, such as roadside assistance and fraud prevention. In light of recent reports about the misuse of location services, we have decided to eliminate all location aggregation services—even those with clear consumer benefits,” an AT&T spokesman told CNET in a statement.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/artic...ilt-zumigo
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#8
To organized crime & extremist cults?
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#9
But you'd never stop paying them.
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#10
I still have a flip phone. Could they track that?
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