11 Jan US Senator Calls for New Laws on Telco Data Sharing
US senator Ron Wyden recently criticized carriers like T Mobile, AT&T and Sprint for continuing to sell user data location even after they promised to end the practice in June. The lawmaker blasted the telcos for giving him and consumers “empty promises” and added that they have created a nightmare for national security and the personal safety of anyone with a phone.
A Motherboard journalist pointed out that the situation is particularly worrying as a potential stalker needs only around $300 to pinpoint the specific location of a particular phone down to a few hundred meters.
Wyden is now proposing that tough new powers be given to the FTC so it can enforce consumer data protection.