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Public Knowledge Commends FCC for Addressing Consumer Privacy in E911 FNPRM

…E911 calls. The vote follows a recent Motherboard investigation into carriers selling or giving away this information to third parties. Public Knowledge recently filed an ex parte arguing for amending the FNPRM to address this oversight and applauds Commissioner Geoffrey Starks for taking consumer privacy concerns seriously.

Will the FCC Keep Ignoring Carriers That Sell Your GPS Data?

…E911). As we pointed out last month when this news came to light, turning over this E911 data (called assisted GPS or A-GPS), exposing E911 data to third parties -- whether by accident or intentionally, or using it in any way except for 911 or other purposes required by law…

Telecom Giants Broke the Law By Selling Detailed Location Data. Will They Face Consequences?

…More details have emerged from the Motherboard investigation into carriers selling their customers’ real-time location data, including assisted GPS (“A-GPS”) data intended only for emergency services. The reports are shocking and illustrate both a brazen disregard for consumer privacy on the part of the companies involved and the disturbing, unregulated…

The Lifeline Program is Essential to the Public Safety Sector

…Imagine you’re facing an emergency and you need a paramedic, fireman, or police officer, but don’t have a cellular phone available to call 9-1-1, or you do call 9-1-1 but don’t know or cannot communicate your location, and dispatcher cannot trace it. For many Americans this is a very frightening…

FCC Issues Rules on Indoor Location Accuracy for E911 to Ensure Help Will Come

…Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve rules to ensure 911 operators are given the location of 911 callers who are using cell phones indoors. The order requires the carriers to submit a security and privacy plan to protect the device location information that would be collected under the…

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