House Commerce Chairman Pallone Requests Emergency FCC Briefing on Unauthorized Disclosure of Real-Time Location Data
House Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai requesting he provide an emergency briefing to Committee staff on why the FCC has yet to end wireless carriers’ unauthorized disclosure of consumers’ real-time location data and what actions the FCC has taken to address the issue to date. Chairman Pallone wrote that an emergency briefing is necessary in the interest of public safety and national security, and therefore cannot wait until President Donald Trump decides to reopen the government.
“Bad actors can use location information to track individuals’ physical movements without their knowledge or consent,” Chairman Pallone wrote to Chairman Pai. “If recent reports detailing the cheap, accurate, and easy accessibility of legally protected, real-time location data are true, we must work expeditiously to address these public safety concerns. If we don’t, the privacy and security of everyone who subscribes to wireless phone service from certain carriers—including government officials, military personnel, domestic violence victims, and law enforcement officials—may be compromised.”
“The FCC once again appears to have dragged its feet in protecting consumers. While some carriers have now recommitted to stopping such unauthorized disclosure, the public can no longer rely on their voluntary promises to protect this extremely sensitive information,” Pallone continued in his letter to Pai. “The FCC must take immediate action to ensure no wireless carrier is allowing the rampant disclosure of real-time location data and take enforcement action against carriers that violated the Commission’s rules and the trust of their customers.”
House Commerce Chairman Pallone Requests Emergency FCC Briefing on Unauthorized Disclosure of Real-Time Location Data Chairman Pallone Letter to Chairman Pai (Read the Letter)