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Legislators Ask Wireless Carriers About Tracking

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 31, 2011

The House Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus Co-Chairs Edward Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) are asking the nation's top four wireless carriers for information on how they handle the collection, use and storage of data. Broadcasting & Cable reports on a letter sent Tuesday by the legislators to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile in light of concerns about a mobile company in Germany "that was tracking users' locations and destinations without their knowledge," citing a provision in the Communications Act requiring companies to get permission to use location information for commercial purposes. Markey and Barton have requested details on what PII is collected, how it is gathered and the ways it is used, giving the companies until April 19 to reply.
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