FCC: Big Telco Broke the Law in Selling All Customers' Location Data

FCC: Big Telco Broke the Law in Selling All Customers' Location Data

According to Axios, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing fines against cell service providers, like AT&T and T-Mobile, for illegally selling data on the real-time location of their customers without the customers’ knowledge.

Ajit Pai: Carrier sales of phone-location data is illegal, FCC plans punishment

Ajit Pai: Carrier sales of phone-location data is illegal, FCC plans punishment

Mobile network operators who sold their customers' real-time location data violated US law and the Federal Communications Commission will try to punish carriers that did so, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote today.

President Trump wants to use an executive order to make the FCC and FTC police social media censorship

President Trump wants to use an executive order to make the FCC and FTC police social media censorship

President Trump’s executive order seeks to accomplish its goal by formally limiting the protections afforded to companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and by putting the job of policing social media censorship on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

The US military is conducting wide area surveillance tests across six midwest states using experimental high-altitude balloons, documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile Hit With FCC Complaint Over Sale of Phone Location Data

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile Hit With FCC Complaint Over Sale of Phone Location Data

On Friday, multiple activist groups and telecommunications experts filed a complaint with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) centering on how AT&T , T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon sold their customers' real-time location data to third parties without those customers' informed consent.

Selling 911 location data is illegal—US carriers reportedly did it anyway

Selling 911 location data is illegal—US carriers reportedly did it anyway

"Telecom giants broke the law by selling detailed location data" that was "meant for use only by emergency services," consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge said last week in a blog post that urged the Federal Communications Commission to punish the carriers.

Senators Want FCC, FTC To Investigate Selling Of Phone Location Data

Senators Want FCC, FTC To Investigate Selling Of Phone Location Data

A group of 15 senators—including a number of high-profile Democrats—are calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “broadly” investigate how mobile carriers share location data to third parties.

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.

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.

California governor resurrects Obama-era net-neutrality law, defying Trump administration

California governor resurrects Obama-era net-neutrality law, defying Trump administration

READ MORE: Russia may scrap net neutrality principle for foreign companies to fund anti-terror law In December, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) moved to roll back net-neutrality regulations, which were introduced in 2015 by the Obama administration to ensure an open and free internet.

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.

Kavanaugh’s toxic net neutrality record went mostly unnoticed during hearings

Kavanaugh’s toxic net neutrality record went mostly unnoticed during hearings

Last month several Senate Democrats criticized Kavanaugh’s views on net neutrality, highlighting a dissent he wrote in a case that upheld the 2015 Open Internet Order, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule that enshrined the internet protections and was rescinded last year by the Republican-controlled agency.

California passes strongest net neutrality law in the country

California passes strongest net neutrality law in the country

That would essentially restore the net neutrality rules enacted federally under former President Barack Obama, which were later repealed by the Federal Communications Commission under the watch and guidance of current chairman Ajit Pai. But this bill actually goes further than those rules with an outright ban on zero-rating — the practice of offering free data, potentially to the advantage of some companies over others — of specific apps.

US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data

US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data

In case you missed it, a senator last week sent a letter demanding the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigate why Securus, a prison technology company, can track any phone "within seconds" by using data obtained from the country's largest cell giants, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, through an intermediary, LocationSmart.