FCC fines US wireless carriers nearly $200 million over illegal location data sharing

By Thomson Reuters Apr 29, 2024 | 12:40 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission fined the largest U.S. wireless carriers nearly $200 million for illegally sharing access to customers’ location information.

The FCC is finalizing fines first proposed in February 2020, including $80 million for T-Mobile and $12 million for Sprint, which it has acquired as well $57 million for AT&T and nearly $47 million for Verizon Communications. FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said the largest wireless sold “real-time location information to data aggregators, allowing this highly sensitive data to wind up in the hands of bail-bond companies, bounty hunters, and other shady actors.”

(Reporting by David Shepardson)