Verizon and AT&T have promised to stop selling their mobile customers’ location information to third-party data brokers following a security problem that leaked the real-time location of US cell phone users.
Good news for Verizon and AT&T customers, but one has to wonder who’s going to pay for this. They’re going to have to recover the lost income somewhere, and that’s probably going to be, well, you.
It seems that all these companies were willing to participate in the practice but none of them want to be publicly outed for it. I say good!
It’s wrong for companies to sell our data without our consent. As usual, they could have avoided this whole mess by making it “opt-in”. It’s the user’s data, sharing can be ethical as long as the user explicitly makes that choice in exchange for a discount.
Given that these companies are always trying to monetize their customers in any possible way, there’s no one thing to point at as a replacement. Claiming that there will be a “new mean way” to cover up lost ground is simply FUD. The reality is they would do anything they want anyway.
Edited 2018-06-21 06:22 UTC
They said stop selling. That means it’s now just free.