AT&T Lawsuit Claims the Company Sells Customer Data
A class action lawsuit has been filed against AT&T, claiming that it unlawfully sells customer data to third parties.
The AT&T class action lawsuit was filed by Katherine Scott, Carolyn Jewel, and George Pontis who say AT&T advertises to its customers that it does not sell their personal information to anyone for any purpose.
But the lawsuit alleges that AT&T sells real-time location data to organizations including credit agencies, bail bondsmen, bounty hunters, and prison officials. They claim that AT&T’s sale of their data is an “egregious and dangerous breach of all AT&T’s privacy, and represents a violation of state and federal law.”
The AT&T class action says that federal law prohibits AT&T from sharing the information with third parties “except in rare public safety scenarios or with the customer ’s affirmative, express consent.”
Two of the aggregators that AT&T works with include LocationSmart and Zumigo. Allegedly, they manage the sale of AT&T consumer data to thousands of entities without consumer consent and outside the approved emergency uses.
AT&T Lawsuit Details
The AT&T Unlawful Location Data Sale Class Action Lawsuit is Katherine Scott, et al. v. AT&T Inc., et al., Case No. 3:19-cv-04063-DMR, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Fransisco/Oakland Division.