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Thu Feb 7, 2019, 12:43 AM

US Telecoms Sold Precise User Location Data to Bounty Hunters & Others For YEARS

Published time: 7 Feb, 2019 05:06


Telecom companies have been selling user location data for years, with some of their 'clients' making tens of thousands of requests, documents obtained by Motherboard show – far from the isolated incidents previously portrayed.

About 250 bounty hunters and similar companies purchased extremely accurate customer location data from Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile, some of them using the service tens of thousands of times – a system that operated for more than five years in total secrecy, allowing trackers to see where their target was down to the room they occupied inside a building, according to internal documents obtained from location data seller CerCareOne.

Some of the bounty hunters then resold the location data to unauthorized third parties, according to multiple independent sources familiar with the company, which survived by keeping itself a trade secret among the bail bondsman and bounty hunter community.

When Vice first exposed telecoms' sale of user data to bounty hunters last month, the telecoms scrambled to frame such abuses as isolated incidents, claiming they ended their relationships with the aggregators when they learned of unauthorized data use, rather than viewing it as standard operating procedure. CerCareOne, however, sold not just cell phone tower data but also highly accurate assisted-GPS (A-GPS) data for five years – from 2012 until the company closed its doors in 2017. Five years of unrestricted data-dealing were enabled by an agreement to "keep the existence of CerCareOne.com confidential," internal documents show.

Charging up to $1,100 per phone location, CerCareOne supplied real-time GPS locations to bail bondsmen, bail agents, and bounty hunters. The company obtained the data from a location aggregator, which received it directly from the various telecoms carriers and packaged it for resale.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 05:24 AM

1. welcome to divorce-court.. nt

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Thu Feb 7, 2019, 05:54 AM

2. If 250 bounty hunter did it and knew about it then it wasn't "total secrecy"

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 06:19 AM

3. Fugitive bail jumpers? Don't care. Who are the "and others?"

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2019, 10:55 AM

4. There are known issues with cell phone geodesy data

but it is better than nothing.

At the homestead in California, there were issues a couple of times with bounty hunters. I took certain amount of delight in tormenting them. Dumbf*cks who thought they were cops or worse.

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