A month later after the shocking news that a company that had access to our location data was compromised, Verizon and AT&T announced they will no longer be selling customer’s location data. The fact that this was even happening without the customer’s consent was a huge violation of trust. They subjected their customers to risks involving their safety and security.
After a Senator from Oregon pleaded with the major carriers, Verizon and AT&T (later Sprint) will halt selling customer’s location and private information to third party companies. This did not come without resistance as AT&T at first wanted to continue selling customers’ private information.
The shadiness of the large carriers continue to amaze me. Whether it be how they continue to jack up their prices, take advantage of customers with their “so called” unlimited plans, or find ways to make more money by eliminating net neutrality, the big carriers seem to continue finding ways to make money off of their customers even at the expense of their privacy and safety. Sad thing is if the story did not get out about the data breach these carriers would have continued selling our private information to third party companies.