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Verizon to Stop Selling Customer Location Data to Aggregators

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Verizon has pledged to end its practice of selling location data through intermediary companies.

Last month, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent letters to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, asking who they share their customers’ location data with and whether those companies obtain customer consent.

In its letter, Verizon said that it provides location data through two aggregators — LocationSmart and Zumigo. They then give other companies access to their location-based services that utilize Verizon’s and other carriers’ data.

Verizon told Wyden that not only had it suspended Securus’ access to its customer location data, it had also decided to end its arrangements with LocationSmart and Zumigo.

Verizon will still provide data to companies offering services like fraud prevention and call routing, but it won’t do so through aggregators.

Originally via Engadget

Last month, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent letters to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, asking who they share their customers’ location data with and whether those companies obtain customer consent.

See the original article at https://www.engadget.com/2018/06/19/verizon-stop-selling-customer-location-data-aggregators/

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