Public interest groups have filed a complaint to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission alleging that wireless carriers broke privacy laws while sharing customer location data without consent, The Hill reports. Wireless providers AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile told the FCC last month that they had ended their third-party sharing. “The wireless carriers have been engaging in serious violations of their customers’ privacy. But the law is clear on this issue: wireless carriers need consent from their customers before they can disclose customer location data to third parties,” New America’s Open Technology Institute Senior Counsel Eric Null said in a statement. “The carriers’ practices have been public for over a year now, and the FCC has been asleep at the wheel. The wireless carriers have violated the law, it’s time to hold them accountable.”
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