T-Mobile discloses another instance of location data misuse

T-Mobile and the other major US operators UU They have been recently involved in some location data scandals, and now some details have emerged about another potential location data problem.

In a letter to Senator Ron Wyden, T-Mobile revealed another instance of misuse of the location data of T-Mo customers. Anthony Russo, vice president of Federal Legislative Affairs at T-Mobile, explains that in August 2014 a location aggregator called LocAid told T-Mobile that he was temporarily suspending a location-based service provider called Freedom Telecare due to a vulnerability in the client’s consent mechanism. That vulnerability was finally solved and the service was re-enabled.

Russo goes into more detail, saying that there was a suspicion that a Freedom Telecom payment customer had acquired location information without the client’s consent, but that “the review of the evidence could not confirm the incorrect disclosure of the location data. ”

Details about vulnerability and misuse of data are slight. Neither Freedom Telecare nor LocationSmart, which acquired LocAid, have commented on the subject. However, Motherboard notes that Freedom Telecare partnered with LocAid in a service called Timesheet Mobile that allowed employers to track the location of their employees.

Much attention has been focused on the four main EE operators. UU., The aggregators of location data and the misuse of customer data lately. The location aggregator program allowed wireless customers to use location-based services such as roadside assistance, but after some of these scandals, T-Mobile decided to terminate its contracts with location aggregators LocationSmart and Zumigo. On March 9, service contracts based on the location of T-Mobile with location aggregators were officially finalized.