Leak reveals that hundreds of bounty hunters have had access to super-fine-grained mobile location data for years


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/02/06/a-gps-markets.html


#2

Nothing says ethical business model like forcing your customers to deny you exist. /s


#3

shocked


#4

Well yeah you are, if they find you…

“Just a mild one,” as the cops say.


#5

I just assumed they were using the Mullet Divining Rod.

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Can’t buy that!


#6

Bounty hunters buying confidential data from rogue companies. Sometimes I think we are living in a William Gibson’s book.


#7

They also have access to the thousands (millions?) of license plates scanned daily by cops. Not just bounty hunters and bail bondsmen but routine debt collectors too.


#8

Could be a while. Like never under the current regime.


#9

i have to say that Cory’s war on camel caps/medial capitals made it harder for me to parse this word than the company’s own orthography, “CerCareOne”. At least he isn’t re-writing the orthography in the block quotes… :thinking:

Now, as to the location sharing going on, we really need to see people going to jail for this un-authorized stalking. So many violations we see never get prosecuted, or if they do, there is a fine that is a small portion of the profit. I’m not seeing any reason why scammers should fear to violate privacy laws if their is no real punishment to fear.


#10

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#11

The FCC needs to act with urgency.

Such touching faith in the system.


#12

There’s definitely some Sterling going on as well! But yes, you’re just now noticing this? :wink: The 2020s are going to be pretty silly, mark my words.

Edit:

"He stopped, reading something she couldn’t see. “Yes. She’s descended from that, in a sense. Reality television. It merged with politics. Then with performance art.”

Gibson, William. The Peripheral (published October, 2014 – sound familiar?)


#13

Include Scientology in the scum buying the information. It’s long been obvious that they had access to the cell phone location of ex-members and critics.


#14

Probably “authorized” by one of the billion year [literally] contracts Scientology victims members have to sign… :-/


#15

No, not really. The whole “authorization” is a scam in the first place. Scientology doesn’t have to pile scam on top of scam.


#16

A person simply has to assume that if they have a phone on their person, they really are being monitored at all times, and any party that really wants to find you, probably can. I tried to warn people about this shit in the mid-90s, but I was a stoner college kid and everyone thought I was crazy. And here we are. I still smoke weed but at least now it’s legal in my state (medical) so Fuck You, The Man! heheh

And climate change. Who here is enjoying the cyberpunk future? I know I was looking forward to it for a while, I won’t lie. But I’m a bit weird like that.


#17

So this means that scum could locate you (for a fee, of course), but emergency services could not? Sounds about right.


#18

Gibson thinks we’re living in a John Brunner book.


#19

Damn fine book. Read it at least twice and wish I had a copy now.


#20

Optimist. We’re living in three John Brunner novels.