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FCC fines US wireless carriers over illegal location data sharing

Posted on AllSides April 29th, 2024
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The Federal Communications Commission on Monday fined the largest U.S. wireless carriers nearly $200 million for illegally sharing access to customers’ location information.

The FCC is finalizing fines first proposed in February 2020, including $80 million for T-Mobile, $12 million for Sprint, which T-Mobile has since acquired; $57 million for AT&T (T.N), opens new tab, and nearly $47 million for Verizon Communications (VZ.N).

The carriers sold "real-time location information to data aggregators, allowing this highly sensitive data to wind up in the hands of bail-bond companies, bounty hunters, and other...

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