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Motherboard paid a bounty hunter USD 300 to locate a phone

In an article that has shed light onto a dark corner of the data trading world, Motherboard reports that it took only USD 300 to obtain sensitive geolocation data on a phone, data that should be protected and should require the user’s consent before being released. The article alleges that the bounty hunter obtained the data from MicroBilt Corp., a credit reporting company that also provides mobile device verification by paying a person with access to the MicroBilt database.

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