What you need to know
- The FCC has concluded its extensive investigation into US carriers and location data.
- It has determined that one or more carriers violated federal law by selling real-time data.
- Measures against those carriers are now being considered.
The FCC has found that one or more US carriers broke federal law by selling customer's real-time location data, after an extensive investigation.
Now, the letter does not mention by name any US carriers that may or may not be caught up in this. However, the initial report into the story at the beginning of last year named T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T. A report by Motherboard found that they could pay a Bounty Hunter just $300 to locate a phone using data that had been sold through a supply chain of different companies. None of the carriers contacted at the time denied that they sold location data.
This investigation follows that initial report, confirming what we already knew. The question that remains now is what action will the FCC take against what seems to be a brazen violation of customer privacy and security.
This is something new?
I was just about the say... This is as surprising as parents paying off schools to have their kids get taken into
Shocker!!! Who knew that our private information is being sold to the highest bidder?! SMH...
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