Washington Post: Data broker shared billions of phone location records with D.C. government as part of covid-tracking effort

Washington Post: Data broker shared billions of phone location records with D.C. government as part of covid-tracking effort. “A data broker shared billions of “highly sensitive” phone-location records with the D.C. government last year that revealed how people moved about the city, public records show. The sharing of the raw phone location data was pitched as uniquely valuable for tracking the covid pandemic, the records show. But the provision of the records for six months to the D.C. government’s Department of Health also shows the potential for abuse of such data, which is generally collected without consumers’ knowledge and then resold to both public and private buyers.”

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