The motherboard’s source had just had to pay a bounty hunter $ 300 to successfully find the site of a (willingly accomplice) phone and the result was even enough within a third of a mile. The bounty hunter received his information from a company called Microbit, which receives information from Zumigo and offers location services to the broker. In other words, operators cannot control where the data they sell goes, and it stops winding down to different industries, which makes it easy for someone to buy location information.
In response to the report, the Senate Democrats urge the FCC to investigate practices and to introduce rules that would force carriers to be in advance of customer data in place. “This is just another example of how consumers are insufficient for how their data is collected, sold or shared and commercialized,” Senator Mark Warner told Motherboard . “It’s not that people” don’t care about privacy, “as some have argued ̵
1; it’s that customers, along with the politicians, have been in the dark for years for data collection and commercialization.” Warner also said that federal agencies and Congress should continue to hold hearings to discuss and shed more light on the practice of buying and selling data.