Four major U.S. communications operators face huge fines for violating user privacy

The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to recommend a fine of at least $200 million for the four largest U.S. wireless carriers, AT?amp;T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile,media reported. The reason behind this is that these operators disclose real-time location data to third parties from some customers.

Four major U.S. communications operators face huge fines for violating user privacy

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Some, however, stress that the practice is for legitimate purposes. The company, for example, tried to defend the practice last year. At the time, the company said everything it did was legal, noting that it could have life-saving benefits. The problem here is that federal law prohibits operators from using customer location data without the permission of the above-mentioned customers.

But operators have vowed that the practice is over, meaning that customer location data no longer seems to fall into the hands of third parties.