Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey has asked Greg Walden, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, to hold a hearing concerning the recent location leaks from LocationSmart and Securus. Both companies were able to access real-time location data from wireless carriers and then allowed that data to be exposed. Pallone believes the leaks may have violated the Communications Act of 1996, which requires carries and their partners to safeguard consumer data and obtain consent before sharing it with others. “The issues raised by this incident mirror the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal and must be closely scrutinized,” wrote Pallone in a letter to Walden. “A hearing on how this information was made available is necessary to better understand whether the privacy protections in the Communications Act were violated and whether Congress needs to take action to ensure users’ data are protected.” Earlier this month, Senator Ron Wyden asked the FCC to investigate the same issues.
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