FCC to Investigate Wireless Carriers Sharing Any Data
AT&T said last month that it will stop selling its customers' location data to third-party service providers after a report revealed the information was winding up in the wrong hands. Democratic FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks still wants a speedy investigation into wireless carriers' handling of location data. The FCC first confirmed last May that it's investigating allegations that millions of wireless customers' location data leaked online thanks to a bug in a data firm's website. A January Motherboard report revealed that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint were sharing access to customers' location data. But Chairman Ajit Pai has remained relatively quiet on the issue. "I think the chairman should be more clear on where he stands on this," Starks said to Politico, though he acknowledged that many details of ongoing investigations must remain confidential. Congress is also eager to hold the corporations accountable for letting stalkers and criminals track your phone on the dark web. “I’m extraordinarily troubled by reports of this system of repackaging and reselling location data to unregulated third party services for potentially nefarious purposes,” Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA)said at the time. “If true, this practice represents a legitimate threat to our personal and national security.” More here.