U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., took a stance against content providers in Wednesday's Federal Communications Commission Communications Subcommittee oversight hearing regarding geolocation data sharing, Multichannel News reports. While Democrats used the hearing to further blame the third-party sharing on wireless carriers and press FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on the investigation into the matter, Walden discussed how the third parties were selling data for unauthorized purposes without permission from the carrier or consumer. Walden also voiced concerns that the market for location data has shifted to an unregulated edge considering the "pervasive and precise" nature of the location data being collected off operating systems and apps. When pressed by Walden on the possibility of regulating third parties, Pai said such actions are out of the FCC's jurisdiction.
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