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T-Mobile to dispute $91M FCC fine for allegedly selling customer location data
Cellphone carriers under fire over selling location data
“Bulls & Bears” panel discuss whether more government regulations are needed to keep cellphone companies from selling location data.
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday proposed $200 million in fines against the big four U.S. mobile carriers for allegedly selling customers' location data, which T-Mobile said it "fully intends to dispute."
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The FCC sent four respective notices of apparent liability (NALs) to Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint informing them of potential penalties for failing to protect customer location data by selling it to third-party companies.
The commission has not made a final decision on the fines and said it would listen to the carriers' responses.
"We take the privacy and security of our customers' data very seriously," a T-Mobile spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement. "When we learned that our location aggregator program was being abused by bad actor third parties, we took quick action. We were the first wireless provider to commit to ending the program and terminated it in February 2019 after first ensuring that valid and important services were not adversely impacted."