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Phone Carriers Selling Customer Location Data

January 09, 2019 / Kacy Zurkus

Bounty hunters are able to leverage a somewhat dubious skeptical service available through major telecom companies, including T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, according to Motherboard. A researcher reportedly paid $300 to a bounty hunter who was then able to geolocate a phone down to a location in a specific neighborhood only blocks away from the actual location of the targeted phone. According to a blog post from Motherboard’s Joseph Cox, these surveillance capabilities are available to individuals and businesses and sometimes sold through word of mouth. “At least one company, called Microbilt, is selling phone geolocation services with little oversight to a spread of different private industries, ranging from car salesmen and property managers to bail bondsmen and bounty hunters, according to sources familiar with the company’s products and company documents obtained by Motherboard,” Cox wrote.