Motherboard previously found the telecom companies sold phone location data to bounty hunters and other third-parties.
Motherboard previously revealed how AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon have sold real-time phone location data to middlemen companies which then provided it to third parties.
On Friday, members of a committee urged Ajit Pai’s FCC to provide details on its investigation into how phone carriers sold location data to bounty hunters.
Due to the contract fine print, AT&T says customers must instead deal with the company privately rather than in court.
Earlier this week the EFF and a law firm filed a class action lawsuit against AT&T and two data brokers. Now one of those data companies says it'll fight the lawsuit.
The lawsuit, which comes after multiple Motherboard investigations into phone location data selling, is seeking an injunction against AT&T which would try to enforce the deletion of any sold data.
In 2017, two bounty hunters and a fugitive died in a chaotic shoot-out. Shortly after their deaths, someone started tracking one of the bounty hunter's phones.
The Open Technology Institute, Free Press, and the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology filed the complaint Friday after multiple Motherboard and New York Times investigations.
TeleSign’s advertisement highlights how the sale of phone location data is not restricted just to the United States.
Ajit Pai’s FCC cares more about the privacy of its investigation than the privacy of consumers, one says.
Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data
The lawsuits come after a Motherboard investigation showed AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile sold phone location data that ended up with bounty hunters, and The New York Times covered an instance of Verizon selling data.
The demands are the latest move to pressure telecom companies, who said they would stop the sale of location data to third parties after Motherboard’s coverage.