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Photo: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Multiple major wireless providers have said they won't continue to engage in the sort of location data sharing portrayed in a Motherboard investigation earlier this week that saw reporter Joseph Cox pay a bounty hunter to track a cellphone.

Why it matters: Privacy scandals aren't limited to the major web companies.

The telco dominoes fell in the 48 hours after the story dropped:

  • "T-Mobile IS completely ending location aggregator work," T-Mobile CEO John Legere told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). "We’re doing it the right way to avoid impacting consumers who use these types of services for things like emergency assistance. It will end in March, as planned and promised."
  • AT&T told CNET in a statement that in "light of recent reports about the misuse of location services, we have decided to eliminate all location aggregation services — even those with clear consumer benefits" but noted it had previously stopped some data sharing.
  • Verizon told the Washington Post's Brian Fung that it is phasing out data sharing agreements with companies that do roadside assistance.

Yes, but: "I’ll believe it when I see it," said Wyden, one of several Democratic officials to push for action on the issue.

  • Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has also called for the agency to investigate.

Go deeper: What Facebook knows about you

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

  1. Health: Most vulnerable Americans aren't getting enough vaccine information — Fauci says Trump administration's lack of facts on COVID "very likely" cost lives.
  2. Politics: Biden unveils "wartime" COVID strategyBiden's COVID-19 bubble.
  3. Vaccine: Florida requiring proof of residency to get vaccine — CDC extends interval between vaccine doses for exceptional cases.
  4. World: Hong Kong to put tens of thousands on lockdown as cases surge.
  5. Sports: 2021 Tokyo Olympics hang in the balance.
  6. 🎧 Podcast: Carbon Health's CEO on unsticking the vaccine bottleneck.

Trump impeachment trial to start week of Feb. 8, Schumer says

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: The Washington Post via Getty

The Senate will begin former President Trump's impeachment trial the week of Feb. 8, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday on the Senate floor.

The state of play: Schumer announced the schedule after reaching an agreement with Republicans. The House will transmit the article of impeachment against the former president late Monday.

12 hours ago - Health

CDC extends interval between COVID vaccine doses for exceptional cases

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Patients can space out the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine by up to six weeks if it’s "not feasible" to follow the shorter recommended window, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.

Driving the news: With the prospect of vaccine shortages and a low likelihood that supply will expand before April, the latest changes could provide a path to vaccinate more Americans — a top priority for President Biden.