Despite the fact that privacy is a prime factor, smartphone companies have put our data and lives on full display before various third parties. Recently it was discovered that all the major United States carriers provide your real-time information to third parties including the cops. This loophole in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act has been kindly greeted with a gesture.
The former sheriff Cory Hutcheson used a service known as “Secrus” in order to track the exact location of a judge and members of the Highway Patrol. The services are developed for assisting police officers to facilitate calls that are made to the inmates. However, it quite handy in finding the location of a cell phone in a snap.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon allow Securus to obtain the location. Burt as per ZDNet the location is provided by “Location Smart” instead of these telecommunications companies.
The liaison “Location Smart” works in a secure process. It is based out of California, nevertheless acquires the location from the tower information and sells it to companies like Securus. The application runs in the background of your device without any notification to the user or affecting the battery life.
Location Smart persistent touch can dapple an individual’s current location in no time. It says that Companies that are using its service must obtain “explicit consent” from the users before knowing the location of a device. This could be extremely helpful for some tasks. For an instance, if you wish to get a cab, you can simply share your location with
the driver so that he can get up to you.
The Democratic Senator Ron Wyden has asked the FCC to take a close look into the matter. Yet it is time to watch whether an action is to be taken.