FCC to Probe LocationSmart Website Leak

FCC to Probe LocationSmart Website Leak

The Federal Communications Commission said last Friday that it will be looking into the leak of customer location data from the website of a data aggregator LocationSmart.

The agency was further prompted by Democratic senator Ron Wyden who pointed out that the information could have been used by a hacker to know when the victim is in your house so they would know when to rob it, or a predator could use it to track a child’s cell phone to know when they are alone.

The senator also wrote to four of the US’ major carriers whose data is being used by LocationSmart, saying that the practice “exposes millions of Americans to potential abuse and unchecked surveillance by the government.”

Source: Reuters

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