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AT&T Also Vows To Cut Off Location-Data Brokers

June 19, 2018 - 12:41 pm

DALLAS (AP) - AT&T is joining Verizon in pledging to end sales of phone location data to brokers.

The practice has drawn criticism from privacy advocates who say users often don't know their data has been sold.

AT&T spokesman Jim Greer tells The Associated Press the carrier will stop as soon as practical. Like Verizon, AT&T says it needs to make sure essential services as emergency roadside assistance are not affected.

Verizon disclosed its move in a letter to Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat.

Wyden has revealed abuses in the lucrative, loosely regulated field — including the use of such data by law officers to track people without proper oversight.

Verizon said about 75 third parties have obtained its location data from the two little-known California companies it is cutting off.