“A new privacy scandal that’s getting far less attention.”

Tracking the whereabouts of every single cellphone user

#Privacy

Thu, May 24th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Slate brings to attention LocationSmart, a third-party company that receives user location data from all the major wireless carriers (without users' consent) based solely on the triangulation of cell towers. In a pinch, anyone could use the service and some abused it. Now one of the companies who provides services based on this data was hacked. The problem is that nobody is taking these privacy concerns seriously (nobody) despite us living in a post-Cambridge Analytica world. More here.

[...] the takeaway is that major wireless carriers have for years been carelessly allowing their users’ location data to be exposed in all kinds of unauthorized and scary ways. It’s analogous to how Facebook allowed users to sign away not only their own data but their friends’ data to third-party app developers up until 2015, a practice that allowed leaks to firms like Cambridge Analytica. Except the wireless companies are still doing it, and as of Monday, Ars Technica has reported that not one had expressly pledged to stop working with LocationSmart.

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