Ajit Pai gives carriers free pass on privacy violations during FCC shutdown

Ajit Pai gives carriers free pass on privacy violations during FCC shutdown

with 58 posters participating Share this story Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai refused a Democratic lawmaker's request to immediately address a privacy scandal involving wireless carriers, saying that it can wait until after the government shutdown is over.

After broken promise, AT&T says it’ll stop selling phone location data

After broken promise, AT&T says it’ll stop selling phone location data

Earlier this week, AT&T said it "only permit[s] sharing of location when a customer gives permission for cases like fraud prevention or emergency roadside assistance or when required by law." But the Motherboard investigation showed that the data was being re-sold on the black market, allowing pretty much anyone to get the location of other people's phones.

We Could Easily Stop Location Data Scandals, But We Cower to Lobbyists Instead

We Could Easily Stop Location Data Scandals, But We Cower to Lobbyists Instead

“Even by the telco's own admission their 'notice and consent' regime totally failed to prevent this kind of abuse.” Wireless carriers like Verizon have spent the better part of a decade claiming that real privacy rules weren’t necessary because “public shame” would keep the industry honest.

Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

Senators Call on FCC To Investigate T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Selling Location Data to Bounty Hunters

Image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images On Tuesday, Motherboard revealed that major American telcos T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint are selling customer location data of users in an unregulated market that trickles down to bounty hunters and people not authorized to handle such information.

Google wins U.S. approval for radar-based hand motion sensor

Google wins U.S. approval for radar-based hand motion sensor

REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in an order late on Monday that it would grant Google a waiver to operate the Soli sensors at higher power levels than currently allowed.

Stop Sending Regular Text Messages

Stop Sending Regular Text Messages

“With this action, the FCC [is] stifling free speech by giving telephone carriers the freedom to block any text message they wish, potentially harming competition and our democracy values.” There’s just no way to survive modern life without texting, but you don’t need to use regular texting to do that.

FCC Does Wireless Carriers Another Favor By Reclassifying Text Messages

FCC Does Wireless Carriers Another Favor By Reclassifying Text Messages

The FCC this week voted yes on a new proposal the agency says will help combat the scourge of robocalls, but critics and consumer groups say opens the door to wireless carriers being able to censor text message campaigns they don't like, or SMS services that may compete with their own offerings.

FCC affirms that wireless carriers can block unwanted text messages

FCC affirms that wireless carriers can block unwanted text messages

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Wednesday to clarify that wireless carriers have the authority to block unwanted or spam text messages, but Democrats warned the decision would allow carriers to block or censor texts that customers send.

FCC Net Neutrality Repeal: Ignoring the Digital Privacy of Millions of Users

FCC Net Neutrality Repeal: Ignoring the Digital Privacy of Millions of Users

Pai, the former Verizon lawyer, even halted a data security rule that would require ISPs to take “reasonable” steps to protect customer information from unauthorized use or access, making sure Internet providers aren’t at fault if your data is exposed.

FCC Republican claims municipal broadband is threat to First Amendment

FCC Republican claims municipal broadband is threat to First Amendment

O'Rielly said that broadband providers run by local governments "have engaged in significant First Amendment mischief." But O'Rielly's only evidence to support his claim was the networks' Acceptable Use Policies, which contain boilerplate language similar to the policies used by private ISPs such as Comcast and AT&T.

FCC resorts to the usual malarkey defending itself against Mozilla lawsuit

FCC resorts to the usual malarkey defending itself against Mozilla lawsuit

The Mozilla suit, which you can read here or embedded at the bottom of this post, was sort of a cluster bomb of allegations striking at the FCC order on technical, legal, and procedural grounds.

AT&T Claims It Wants Meaningful Privacy Rules...After Just Lobbying To Kill Meaningful Privacy Rules

AT&T Claims It Wants Meaningful Privacy Rules...After Just Lobbying To Kill Meaningful Privacy Rules

Yet here's AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, again this week proclaiming that his company is breathlessly dedicated to real privacy protections, while lamenting the fact that states are now trying to fill the void in the wake of federal apathy on this subject:

Judge: FCC can’t hide records that may explain net neutrality comment fraud

Judge: FCC can’t hide records that may explain net neutrality comment fraud

While Cooper didn't give Prechtel everything he asked for, the judge's ruling ordered the FCC to turn over the email addresses that were used to submit .CSV files, which contained the bulk comments.

Ajit Pai calls California’s net neutrality rules “illegal”

Ajit Pai calls California’s net neutrality rules “illegal”

California's attempt to enforce net neutrality rules is "illegal" and "poses a risk to the rest of the country," Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said in a speech on Friday.

Telecom Lobbyists Have Stalled 70 State-Level Bills That Would Protect Consumer Privacy

Telecom Lobbyists Have Stalled 70 State-Level Bills That Would Protect Consumer Privacy

On July 27, Washington, DC’s Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment proposed a set of rules restricting the city’s internet service providers from selling customer data and browsing history without their consent.

Victory! California Passes Net Neutrality Bill

Victory! California Passes Net Neutrality Bill

California’s net neutrality bill, S.B. 822 has received a majority of votes in the Senate and is heading to the governor’s desk. In this fight, ISPs with millions of dollars to spend lost to the voice of the majority of Americans who support net neutrality.

When ISPs Tell Seniors Net Neutrality Laws Will Increase Their Bills, They’re Lying and Losing

When ISPs Tell Seniors Net Neutrality Laws Will Increase Their Bills, They’re Lying and Losing

This year, the two major wireless and wireline providers (Verizon and AT&T) that are leading the effort to oppose California passing net neutrality legislation are expected to receive an additional $7 billion in cash in hand from Congress’ tax cuts.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai knew there was no DDoS attack but stayed quiet on purpose

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai knew there was no DDoS attack but stayed quiet on purpose

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was on the defensive Thursday when asked at a Senate oversight hearing why he didn't correct the record sooner about an alleged cyberattack on the FCC at the height of last year's net neutrality debate.