FCC Probe Finds Mobile Carriers Didn’t Safeguard Customer Location Data
Apparently, the Federal Communications Commission is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in fines from the country’s top cellphone carriers after officials found the companies failed to safeguard information about customers’ real-time locations. The FCC informed AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon of pending notices of apparent liability. Such notices aren’t final, and the companies can still argue they aren’t liable or should pay less. It would ultimately fall on the Justice Department to collect any penalties.
The FCC is expected to announce the proposed fines on Feb 28. The fine are expected to total just over $200 million.
FCC Probe Finds Mobile Carriers Didn’t Safeguard Customer Location Data (WSJ) FCC to Propose $200 Million Fines for U.S. Cellphone Carriers Over Consumer Data Disclosures (NYT)