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Monday October 16, 2017

Verizon and AT&T Allegedly Selling your Phone Number and Location

In hopes that this will be our last "Have Your Privacy Ripped From You Monday" for a couple of months now, Android Authority is reporting that both Verizon and AT&T are selling your phone number along with current location data. This has come up in the past with Verizon, and it was agreed that this would be specifically and opt-in "feature." Those new eyes in Minority Report are starting to sound fairly inexpensive.

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Philip Neustrom, the co-founder of Shotwell Labs, recently found two demo websites that would return account details if visited from a mobile connection. By simply entering a zip code and clicking a button, the site would spit out the full name, current location, and more information.

It would appear that these sites are grabbing the information from the same process that Verizon got busted for. That program, the Unique Identifier Header, added information to HTTP requests from Verizon customers and then, for a fee, would let websites see the info. AT&T has a similar plan called the "Mobile Identity API".