The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has stated that at least one US telephone company has broken the law by sharing data that could locate smart phone users, as Ajit Bay, president of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said in a letter to Congress that At least one or more companies that violate federal law and may be subject to penalties, did not mention any companies, but said the commission would soon implement measures against this matter.
According to techxplore, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) office began an investigation after 2018 reports that wireless telecom service providers in the United States were selling phone location information in real time, to outside data collection companies without the knowledge or consent of phone users .
Location tracking services can use data to maintain vehicle tabs or create personal marketing points, but they can also be used by reward hunters or stalkers to locate almost any phone in the United States within seconds.
The reports led the four big companies, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, to pledge to stop providing location information to data brokers, and to move away from doing business that sparked criticism of the privacy threat.
A statement issued by the FCC Commissioner, Jessica Rosenursel, said that the safety and privacy of millions of Americans are at risk and it is a shame that it took a long time until the FCC reached a conclusion that was very clear.
“For a few hundred dollars, brokers can sell your site a few hundred meters away based on your phone data,” she said, “It is interesting to think about what the black market can do with that data.”