On Thursday, lawyers filed lawsuits against four of the country's major telecommunications companies for their role in various location data scandals unearthed by Motherboards, Senator Ron Wyden, and The New York Times. Bloomberg Law was the first to report the charges.
The news gives the first instance of individual telecoms customers pushing to be awarded injuries after the motherboard revealed in January that AT & T, T-Mobile and Sprint had all sold access to real-time location of their customers' phones to a medium-sized network , before they end up in the hands of bounty hunters. The motherboard previously paid a source $ 300 to successfully provide a T-Mobile phone through this supply chain of data.
Complainants against T-Mobile, AT & T, and Sprint are largely identical, and all also mention how each carrier ultimately provided data to a company called Securus, which allowed low law enforcement to find phones without a warrant, such as The New York Times 201
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. the class in each lawsuit covers an approximation of the telecom's individual customers between April 30, 2015 and February 15, 2019: $ 100 million for Verizon, $ 100 million for AT&T, $ 50 million for T-Mobile and $ 50 million for Sprint. Each lawsuit is filed in the name of at least one customer for each telecom, and they seek unspecified injuries to be determined by the trial, the complainants read.
The Complaints Center categorizes whether each teleconference violated section 222 of the Federal Communications Act (FCA), which states that companies are obliged to protect the CPI and KPNI to their customers, and about the plaintiff and Class Members & # 39; CPNI was available to unauthorized third parties during the relevant period.
The suites were filed by Z LAW, a "consumer protection law firm", according to their website.
Part of the complaint against T-Mobile. Image: Screenshot.
"We consider legal filing and have no further comments at this time," a Sprint spokesman motherboard told an email.
"We can't comment on pending litigation," a T-
When the motherboard reported in January that AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint had sold their customer data to companies ultimately giving it to bounty hunters and other people who are not allowed to handle it, said every telecom that they stopped selling phone location data to third parties. AT&T and T-Mobile previously told the motherboard they have already done, and Sprint said it plans to finish by the end of May. Verizon made its own commitment after the 2018 Securus scandal.
Following the motherboard's January survey, 15 Senators urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the sale of telephone location data to bounty hunters. The Energy and Commerce House Committee asked the FCC chairman Ajit Pai to hold an emergency alert on the issue; Pai refused.
Motherboards had also previously reported that 250 bounty hunters had access to AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint phone location data from another company that catered specifically to the bail bond industry. Some of these data contained very accurate assisted GPS data, usually reserved for 911 responders.
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