House Lawmakers Ask Companies for Information on Cellphone Location Data
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | Comments

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders sent letters requesting information from six companies about the sale and misuse of cellphone geolocation data. The letters were sent to Zumigo, Microbilt, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

The letters seek to increase transparency surrounding how U.S. wireless carriers and third parties are accessing, transferring, storing and securing customer location information.

The letters come as recent media reports indicated that Zumigo, a location aggregation firm, purchased geolocation data from T-Mobile and subsequently sold the data to Microbilt, which further sold the data to a bail bond company. The committee last year sent similar letters to location aggregation companies LocationSmart, Securus Technologies, and 3C Interactive.

Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans Greg Walden, Bob Latta, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Brett Guthrie signed the letters.

Earlier this week, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. criticized FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for refusing to brief the committee on wireless carriers’ unauthorized disclosure of consumers’ real-time location data, saying the safety of first responders and consumers is at stake.

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