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AT&T sued for selling customers location data in California

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The digital activism group , Electronic Frontier Foundation  has sued  AT&T  for selling customer’s location data in California.

Earlier this year Motherboard came with a story revealing how major carriers like AT&T, T Mobile and Sprint were selling its customers location data to third parties.

Data was shared for legitimate services like fraud prevention and emergency roadside assistance , but the data buyers used to track people and even sold to other parties for commercial use. 

The company failed to track how the data was used by the buyers and third parties. 

“AT&T has knowingly breached its duties to protect Plaintiffs’ sensitive location data in order to profit from it,” the suit reads.

The law suit was filed on behalf of three AT&T customers in California. 

EFF has included data aggregators LocationSmart and Zumingo in the law suit for misusing the data. 

Reacting to this AT&T spokesperson said the company will fight it in court. 

“The facts don’t support this lawsuit, and we will fight it,” an AT&T spokesperson said in a statement.

“Location-based services like roadside assistance, fraud protection, and medical device alerts have clear and even life-saving benefits. We only share location data with customer consent. We stopped sharing location data with aggregators after reports of misuse.”– he added. 

 

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