Senators Question FCC, FTC on Carriers Providing Customer Data to Third Parties
Friday, January 25, 2019 | Comments

A group of 15 senators called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and FCC to investigate how wireless carriers allowed third parties to track Americans’ cellphones without consent.

The senators sent a letter to the FTC and FCC asking for a full investigation of the data-sharing arrangements that allowed for the apparent widespread sale and sharing of Americans’ cellphone locations.

“It is clear that these wireless carriers have failed to regulate themselves or police the practices of its business partners, and, in failing to do so, have needlessly exposed American consumers to serious harm,” the letter said.

The senators requested a response by Feb. 5. The full letter is here.

Earlier this month, House lawmakers sent letters to carriers and other companies requesting more information about the consumer cellphone data.

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