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FCC Rules Carriers Must Protect Data

MOBILE PRIVACY—U.S.

June 28, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ruled that telecoms need to safeguard consumer call information regardless of whether they’re using wireless or landlines, reports MediaPost. An FCC statement says, “When mobile carriers use their control of customers’ devices to collect information about customers’ use of the network...carriers are required to protect that information.” The ruling stems from an investigation into allegations that Carrier IQ was logging customers’ keystrokes. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel pointed out that the ruling applies only to carriers, adding, “They do not apply to the manufacturers of wireless phones. They do not apply to the developers of operating systems. Consumers can be confused by these distinctions.”
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