FCC Proposes to Fine Wireless Carriers $200M for Selling Customer Location Data

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today proposed fines of more than $200 million against the nation’s four largest wireless carriers for selling access to their customers’ location information without taking adequate precautions to prevent unauthorized access to that data. While the fines would be among the largest the FCC has ever levied, critics say the penalties don’t go far enough to deter wireless carriers from continuing to sell customer location data.

The FCC proposed fining T-Mobile $91 million; AT&T faces more than $57 million in fines; Verizon is looking at more than $48 million in penalties; and the FCC said […] Read more

FCC Proposes to Fine Wireless Carriers $200M for Selling Customer Location Data — Krebs on Security

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today proposed fines of more than $200 million against the nation’s four largest wireless carriers for selling access to their customers’ location information without taking adequate precautions to prevent unauthorized access to that data. While the fines would be among the largest the FCC has ever levied, critics say the penalties don’t go far enough to deter wireless carriers from continuing to sell customer location data.

The FCC proposed fining T-Mobile $91 million; AT&T faces more than $57 million in fines; Verizon is looking at more than $48 million in penalties; and the FCC said […] Read more

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Rashida Tlaib proposes banning credit scores in auto insurance

WASHINGTON — A first-term Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee is introducing legislation to ban the use of credit reports and scores in determining auto insurance rates.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan has sponsored the Prevent Discrimination in Auto Insurance Act to prevent “undue burden” on low-income individuals seeking auto insurance.

In a letter to her colleagues, Tlaib said using credit reports “for the determination of auto insurance rates serves no purpose in determining the safety of the driver” and “does nothing to keep other drivers safe.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., said using credit reports “for the determination of auto insurance […] Read more