In response to weekly reports on unlicensed use of consumer telephone location data, house democrats have moved to demand an emergency with the Federal Communications Information Committee to assess their progress in addressing a problem that first arose eight months ago.
Earlier this week, the motherboard published the results of a survey survey, which for the first time revealed a black market management for telephone location data such as T-Mobile and its major competitors. The data was sold to "site generators" that typically serve marketing agencies and various rescue services. The report further described how the data, which law enforcement would normally require a delay to obtain, was offered by a third party company to the creditor, who in turn had used it to arrest criminals and suspects the use of the personal information that was not authorized by the telephone companies. who collects it.
In a letter to the FCC chief Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the House demanded energy and trade committee, rep. Frank Pallone Jr., an emergency briefing to discuss the legal quandary, which occurred only in May 201
"Poor actors can use location information to track individuals' physical movements without their knowledge or c onsent," read Pallone's letter to Pai. "If the latest reports on the cheap, accurate and easy availability of legally protected, real-time address data are true, then we must work fast to address these issues of public security. If we do not, privacy and security for everyone who subscribes to wireless telephone service from some operators, including government officials, military personnel, victims of domestic violence and law enforcement officials – compromised. "
Pallone further accused the Commission of having" set foot to protect consumers "and said the FCC had to take immediate action to ensure that wireless operators do not allow "rampant disclosure of real-time address data". The FCC, the committee chairman, also has to take enforcement action against all telephone companies that have violated the agency's rules "and their customers' trust."
Following the calls of several democratic lawmakers for investigations in T-Mobile, AT & T and Sprint, which have been strained by the motherboard's report, each of Telecos encrypted to release statements saying that they would soon break all links to aggregate companies from which They have benefited for years. For example, a spokesman for AT&T said: "In the light of recent reports on site abuse abuses, we have decided to eliminate all aggregation services," adding: "even those with clear consumer benefits".
So far, Democrats have largely failed to gain an overview of the Trump Administration FCC. It changed this month when the party took control of the House of Representatives. The agency is now preparing to be bombarded by issues from Democrats, which Pai has largely ignored over the past two years.
The FCC is one of the agencies that is significantly affected by the government's suspension. All activities before the agency has been stopped, except what is considered necessary for "protection of life and property".
Read Pallone's full letter here.