• Phones Are the World's Ablest Spies

    6 monthes ago - By Fortune

    Last week's column admonished IBM's The Weather Company for being unclear about the way The Weather Channel app, its weather forecasting service, uses people's location data. The infraction seems meager in comparison to the abuses that plague location aggregator services-and their downstream clients-which source data from mobile carriers.
    These aggregators, barnacles of the telecom industry, depend on cellular giants, like AT&T , Verizon , Sprint, and T-Mobile, for their livelihood. They sell data access to other companies, which sell them to others still. Phone holders have no choice but...
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