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FCC: wireless carrier sold real-time user location data

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Do you think it’s creepy that your cell phone can tell literally anybody, anywhere, where you are, at any given moment? Reuters reports the FCC is going after an unnamed wireless carrier for the unauthorized sale of real-time user location data. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wasn’t thrilled that it took the fed so long to respond to reports that “shady middlemen could sell your wireless phone data,” calling the FCC’s apparent feet-dragging a “shame” and adding that “It’s chilling to consider what a black market could do with this data.” Do you read the fine print of every app that you download? Do you care if someone can tell exactly where you are at any given time? What if you had a restraining order on someone? Would you be concerned that they could ‘buy’ your location?


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