securus

SURVEILLANCE

I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone

T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country.
Joseph Cox
1.8.19
I See You

Bail Bond Company Let Bounty Hunters Track Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Phones for $7.50

Low-level enforcement were able to monitor phones nationwide with minimal legal oversight. But the predatory bail bonds industry provided a similar, and cheap, service to bounty hunters to track down individuals.
Joseph Cox
6.22.18
BROKEN NETWORKS

Verizon Says It Will Stop Selling US Phone Data That Ended Up in Hands of Cops

Verizon and other telcos have been selling phone location data to companies catering to marketers and low level law enforcement. Now, Verizon says it is cutting ties with certain firms that abused that data access.
Joseph Cox
6.19.18
FREE FOR ALL

Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US

A hacker has provided Motherboard with the login details for a company that buys phone location data from major telecom companies and then sells it to law enforcement.
Joseph Cox
5.16.18
trickle down

Cops Can Find the Location of Any Phone in the Country in Seconds, and a Senator Wants to Know Why

Here are the letters Senator Ron Wyden sent to mobile carriers and the FCC demanding answers and action on the recently highlighted law enforcement service to easily track phones across the country.
Joseph Cox
5.11.18
News

Bernie Sanders Joins 14 Senators Calling for a Cap on Prison Phone Call Charges

Reducing the exorbitant cost of prison phone calls is of "utmost importance," coalition says.
Sam Gustin
10.15.15
News

The FCC Is Voting to Cap Ridiculous Phone Rates in Prison

The agency is targeting abusive phone company practices.
Sam Gustin
10.1.15