Tech & Telecom Law

Wyden Urges FCC to Probe Location Data-Sharing Practices (1)

May 11, 2018, 6:13 PM; Updated: May 11, 2018, 7:56 PM

Democratic Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is urging the Federal Communications Commission to investigate wireless carriers’ sharing of customer location data through a third-party company.

Prison phone service provider Securus Technologies buys location data from carriers and gives law enforcement unrestricted access to that information, Wyden said in a May 8 letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

The practice “skirts wireless carriers’ legal obligation to be the sole conduit by which the government may conduct surveillance of Americans’ phone records, and needlessly exposes millions of Americans to potential abuse and unchecked surveillance by the government,” Wyden said.

Carriers are generally prohibited...

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