Location tracking service Life360 has been selling the precise location data of tens of millions of its users, according to a new report shared by The Markup.
Life360 bills itself as a “family safety platform” app that is meant to allow family members to keep tabs on one another with tracking software that’s installed on smartphones, and there are both Android and iPhone apps.
The software is used by 33 million people around the world, and apparently, Life360 is selling location data from both children and adults to a dozen data brokers that then provide the data to other third parties. Two former Life360 employees said that Life360 is one of the largest sources of data in the industry, expressing concern for how the data is used and the lack of safeguards to prevent misuse.
The employees said that Life360 does not take precautions to ensure that location histories cannot be traced back to individuals. The most obvious user identifying information is removed, but Life360 does not aggregate data or reduce precision to preserve privacy.
Life360 is an app that’s primarily used by parents to track their children and teenagers, and it has raised privacy concerns for its invasiveness. Life360 has said that it does not share the location data of users under 13, but data from children over 13 and adults is fair game.
Tile, a company that makes Bluetooth-based trackers that compete with Apple’s AirTags, is being acquired by Life360 in a deal that’s worth $205 million. Life360 says that Tile will allow it to provide an “all-encompassing solution” for locating pets, people, and things with the Tile purchase, a claim that is alarming given the privacy concerns raised in today’s report.
More information on Life360’s user tracking and how the data is used can be found in The Markup’s full report.Tags: Tile, Life360This article, “Tile Buyer Life360 Selling Precise Location Data on Millions of Users” first appeared on MacRumors.comDiscuss this article in our forums
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Author: Juli Clover