A recent carrier tracking report has sparked increasing tensions between the head of the FCC Ajit Pai and the Congressional Committee responsible for supervising it. Last week, Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to Paya asking for an "extraordinary briefing," informing that the country's largest mobile phone operators are expanding their real-time user data. But, according to Pallone, Pai refused to hold a briefing.
"Today, the head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, has refused the briefing of the Committee on Energy and Commerce to track the location of a mobile phone in real time," Pallone said. "In a telephone conversation today, his staff argued that these blatant actions are not a threat to the safety of human life or property that the FCC will handle when closing Trump."
In his opening letter, Pallone set Monday as the deadline, but it is unclear whether the FCC will be able to publicize the committee on this issue in the future. The commission did not respond immediately to the request for comment.
The concern about location tracking began last week when Motherboard report that T-Mobile, Sprint and AT & T sell real-time location data to third-party distributors. The reporter managed to pay only $ 300 to the hunter, so that they could track him only a few quarters of the city. After the report, the carriers said they would stop selling these data or stopped this practice in the past, but these statements are not oppressing legislators.
Pallone referred to this report on Friday when he asked Pai to inform the committee about how the FCC allowed carriers to engage in such behavior and asked to answer the question of what the commission plans to do to protect the data on the location of consumers in the future. .
The FCC has been largely hit by a partial closure of the government, now the longest in US history. Some consumer rights sites have been downgraded, and device approvals and other forced enforcement efforts have been suspended until the government has reopened. However, Pai and other members of the committee have not revived and can continue to work.
There was no excuse to disable Pallone. "The law does not contain anything that the Chairman might personally stop from meeting this serious threat that could allow criminals to track the location of police patrols, victims of domestic violence or foreign enemies to track troops on American soil," he said.
This is only the first surge between the Committee and the Federal Commission, when Democrats have a majority in the House. No FCC hearings were officially scheduled, but Pallone stated that he intended to hold more regular hearings compared to the previous Congress.
"The Committee will continue to insist on the FCC to give priority to public security, national security and consumer protection," Palone said in a letter today.