Turkey's BTK makes decision on data localization for e-SIM tech

(May 17, 2019) Turkey’s Information Technologies and Communication Authority, the Bilgi Teknolojileri ve İletişim Kurumu, published its decision earlier this year on remote programmable e-SIM technologies imposing localization requirements on e-SIM technologies, and prohibition of permanent roaming is once again clarified. The recent decision from the BTK outlines the general use of e-SIM technologies to ensure the promotion of innovative tech, effective competition and protection of personal data. Gün + Partn... Read More

Phone carriers halt location data-sharing programs

(May 17, 2019) Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have each notified the U.S. Federal Communications Commission that they have stopped sharing customers' location data with third parties, The Hill reports. After urging carriers to explain their practices earlier this month, Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel revealed the companies' notices regarding the end of their programs Thursday before turning her attention to the status of the FCC's investigation into the sharing practices. “The FCC has ... Read More

Rep. Walden knocks edge providers over location data sharing

(May 16, 2019) 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 ... Read More

Irish DPC to investigate WhatsApp hack

(May 15, 2019) Ireland's Data Protection Commission is preparing to investigate whether WhatsApp users in the European Union were victimized by a recent hack of the messaging app, Yahoo Finance reports. The DPC is in discussions with WhatsApp about the possibility of EU citizens' data being compromised, but it cannot begin a formal investigation until WhatsApp completes its own review and reports the breach according to EU General Data Protection Regulation protocols. "While the possibility remains that EU use... Read More

FCC proposes giving telecom carriers power to block robocalls

(May 15, 2019) The U.S. Federal Communications Commission wants to grant AT&T, Verizon and other telecom carriers the power to automatically turn on their anti-robocall technology instead of waiting for consumers to do it themselves, The Washington Post reports. Right now, a user must enable the features, sometimes at an additional cost. “The American people are fed up with illegal robocalls,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “We believe we need to make it easier for phone companies to block these robocalls.” P... Read More

WhatsApp hit with spyware attack via voice calls

(May 14, 2019) The Financial Times reports WhatsApp has endured a breach involving spyware being installed through the app's voice calls. The hack placed surveillance software on people's phones by simply dialing them on the messaging app. The spyware would penetrate systems regardless of if a person answered the call, and those calls would unknowingly vanish from phone logs. “This attack has all the hallmarks of a private company known to work with governments to deliver spyware that reportedly takes over the... Read More

Top White House telecom adviser resigns

(May 10, 2019) U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration Chief David Redl has resigned from his post, The Hill reports. Nominated to the NTIA by President Trump in May 2017, Redl acted as the White House’s point person on telecom policy, including broadband access and spectrum. "He was a vocal advocate within the Department of Commerce for repurposing federal spectrum for commercial use and fostering the private sector’s lead in 5G deployment. I thank David for his service and wish him al... Read More

Industry groups build awareness of Domain Name System expansion

(May 10, 2019) The Universal Acceptance Steering Group, which includes Apple, GoDaddy, Google, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, Microsoft and Verisign as stakeholders, has launched an awareness campaign to inform organizations about the expansion of the Domain Name System into what it calls Universal Acceptance. The UASG, established in 2015, characterizes UA as “the simple concept that all domain names and all email addresses work across all applications.” It is a prerequisite to a mul... Read More

Facebook to add privacy positions as part of FTC settlement

(May 2, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is working on a settlement with Facebook that would help improve the social network's privacy practices, The New York Times reports. Negotiations have focused on Facebook adding privacy-related positions, including a privacy committee and an external assessor who would be hired by both Facebook and the FTC, in addition to paying an expected $3 billion to $5 billion fine. According to a Politico report, the FTC would ultimately have the final say in the hiring pr... Read More

FCC commissioner calls on wireless companies to release location data practices

(May 2, 2019) U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel is calling on phone carriers to reveal how they collect consumer location data, The Hill reports. Rosenworcel recently wrote letters to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, all of which have agreed to end data-brokering deals, in an effort to expedite their compliance on location data. “The FCC needs to do more to protect the privacy and security of American consumers,” Rosenworcel said in a statement. “It needs to do more to provid... Read More