An article for Motherboard reports that some major telecom companies sell access to customers’ location data. After paying a bounty hunter $300 and providing a phone number, reporter Joseph Cox discovered that he could be tracked to within a few hundred meters. The investigation found that using data from aggregator Zumigo, credit-reporting company MicroBilt sells access to phone geolocation data “with minimal oversight” for about $12.95. Since reporting, the article states that MicroBilt has removed documents related to its mobile phone location product from its website.
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