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FCC plans to take action over wireless real-time location data disclosures – Source Reuters Tech News

FILE PHOTO: Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, speaks at the WSJTECH Live conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S. October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai said on Friday the telecommunications regulator plans to take action against at least one unnamed wireless carrier over the apparent unauthorized sale of real-time location data from users.

The FCC said in May 2018 it was referring reports that a website flaw could have allowed the location of mobile phone customers to be tracked to its enforcement bureau to investigate. In a letter to Congress on Friday, Pai said the FCC’s enforcement bureau “has concluded that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law.”

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said on Friday it was a “shame” the FCC took so long to act on what she called reports that “shady middlemen could sell your location within a…

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