SURVEILLANCE

CYBER

Spy Versus Spy: How a Researcher And a Journalist Unmasked an Undercover Agent

This week on CYBER, we talk to the people who concocted a bold sting operation to unmask an undercover agent.
Motherboard Staff
2.7.19
SURVEILLANCE

Big Telecom Sold Highly Sensitive Customer GPS Data Typically Used for 911 Calls

A Motherboard investigation has found that around 250 bounty hunters and related businesses had access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customer location data.
Joseph Cox
2.6.19
SURVEILLANCE

Hundreds of Bounty Hunters Had Access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint Customer Location Data for Years

Documents show that bail bond companies used a secret phone tracking service to make tens of thousands of location requests.
Joseph Cox
2.6.19
border security

This Congressman Wants to Build a ‘Digital’ Border Wall that Would Also Provide Rural Broadband

Congressman Will Hurd is the only Republican representing a district along the border, and he wants to use technological solutions to secure the border and possibly close the digital divide.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.1.19
SURVEILLANCE

15 Senators Call on FCC and FTC to Investigate How AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint Sold Phone Locations to Bounty Hunters

After Motherboard’s article, a large group of senators wants two government departments to fully investigate the business dealings of telcos and their data sharing arrangements.
Joseph Cox
1.24.19
SURVEILLANCE

Data Broker That Sold Phone Locations Used by Bounty Hunters Lobbied FCC to Scrap User Consent

Zumigo, which sold the location data of American cell phone users, wanted the FCC to remove requirements around user consent.
Joseph Cox
Jason Koebler
1.23.19
CYBER

CYBER Podcast: How We Learned Big Telecom Was Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

We discuss the behind-the-scenes process of how we learned AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint were ultimately selling users’ location data to bounty hunters, and Senator Ron Wyden explains what he plans to do next.
Motherboard Staff
1.22.19
SURVEILLANCE

Sprint to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

After AT&T and T-Mobile said they would stop selling their customers’ phone location data to third parties, Sprint followed suit. A Motherboard investigation found all three telcos selling data that ultimately ended up in the hands of bounty hunters.
Joseph Cox
1.16.19
SURVEILLANCE

Ajit Pai Refuses to Brief Congress About Why Bounty Hunters Can Buy Cell Phone Location Data

The Chairman's staff said the selling of location data is not a 'threat to the safety of human life or property that the FCC will address during the Trump shutdown.'
Jason Koebler
1.14.19
SURVEILLANCE

Google Demanded That T-Mobile, Sprint Not Sell Google Fi Customers' Location Data

Google’s phone, text, and data service relies on infrastructure provided by T-Mobile and Sprint. A Motherboard investigation found both telcos selling customers’ location data that ultimately ended up in the hands of bounty hunters.
Joseph Cox
1.11.19
SURVEILLANCE

AT&T to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation

After Motherboard found that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are selling their customers' phone location data ultimately to bounty hunters, AT&T has decided to stop service for all location aggregators, an essential part of the data supply chain.
Joseph Cox
1.10.19
SURVEILLANCE

Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

After Motherboard’s article, Senators Kamala Harris, Mark Warner, and Ron Wyden are coming out against telcos who are selling their customers' location data.
Joseph Cox
1.9.19
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