Newsletters
Customer Relationship Management News NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home CRM Systems Customer Service Business Intelligence Sales & Marketing More Topics...
Vblock™ Systems:
Advanced converged infrastructure
increases productivity & lowers costs.

www.vce.com
Communications
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Privacy Groups to FCC: Keep Gov
Privacy Groups to FCC: Keep Gov't Out of Phone Records

By Adam Dickter
December 12, 2013 11:14AM

Bookmark and Share
All four major mobile carriers, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon, have privacy policies indicating it's OK to sell or share customer data to anyone including the CIA, said Laura Moy, staff attorney for Public Knowledge, part of a coalition of privacy groups calling on the FCC to stop AT&T and the other carriers from selling data to the government.
 


Insisting that removing identification from phone data isn't enough, privacy organizations called on the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday to stop the government from raiding phone records.

The petition for a declaratory ruling that would enforce provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act was filed in Washington by a coalition of non-profit organizations and activists.

'Ask Customers' Permission'

Alarmed at a report in the New York Times that wireless giant AT&T is selling call logs to the CIA, the groups want the FCC to require that carriers, with limited exceptions, must have customers’ permission before they can share “customer proprietary network information,” or “CPNI," as specified in section 222 of the Telecommunications Act.

The groups are the Benton Foundation, Center for Digital Democracy, Center for Media Justice, UC-Berkeley Law Professor Chris Jay Hoofnagle, Common Cause, Consumer Action, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Free Press, New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, and U.S. Public Interest Research Groups.

"The primary effect of Section 222 is to severely restrict what phone carriers can do with their customers’ private information," according to the petition. "Under Section 222, a carrier may not use, disclose, or permit access to a customer’s individually identifiable CPNI without that customer’s consent except to provide service or comply with the law."

The petition argues that “anonymized” or “de-identified” call records "still constitute individually identifiable CPNI under Section 222."

The Nov. 7 New York Times report, citing unnamed government officials, said the CIA was paying AT&T more than $10 million for assistance in overseas counterterrorism investigation with information about customers' international calls.

But Laura Moy, staff attorney for Public Knowledge, wrote on her organization's policy blog that AT&T isn't the only focus of concern.

"When we did a little more poking around, we found that all four major mobile carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) have privacy policies that indicate they believe it is okay to sell or share similar records to anyone," she said. "We don’t know whether or not they actually are selling CPNI, but the fact that they think they can is alarming."

AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel told us Thursday that any information provided to any government by the company is lawful.

'We Follow The Law'

"We have rejected government requests for customer information many times," he said in an email response to our inquiry. "Wherever we serve our customers, we maintain those customers’ data and information in compliance with the laws that apply in the country where that service is provided." He said it was routine to charge governments for providing information.

The FCC is required to accept public comment on the petition but the time period is not specified.

"It's critical that something be done soon," Moy told us in an interview Thursday. "We know that the records are being sold. Like the rest of us, the government is subject to the laws passed by Congress and to the Constitution."

The media office of the FCC did not respond to our request for comment in time for publication.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Jay:

Posted: 2013-12-12 @ 9:53pm PT
Congress hurriedly passed the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. act while the country was still reeling from 911. I think Michael Moore was the only one who actually read it. It treats the Bill of Rights as a list of suggestions.



Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.


 Communications
1.   AT&T Expanding Its Gigabit Broadband
2.   Samsung Data Center Catches Fire
3.   Online Access for the Deaf and Blind
4.   FireChat Ignites New Way To Talk
5.   EU Panel Approves Net Neutrality Rules


advertisement
Is Zuckerberg Nuts To Buy Oculus VR?
$2 billion deal for unproven company.
Average Rating:
Online Access for the Deaf and Blind
Pilot program provides technology tools.
Average Rating:
FireChat Ignites New Way To Talk
Harnesses 'wireless mesh networking.'
Average Rating:


advertisement


 Random Bytes
AT&T Expanding Its Gigabit Broadband Samsung Data Center Catches Fire
Online Access for the Deaf and Blind
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
What Verizon's Data Breach Report Can Teach Enterprises
It’s probably not a jaw-dropper, but cyberespionage is officially on the rise. And the use of stolen or misused credentials is still the leading way the bad guys gain access to corporate information.
 
Top Cyberthreats Exposed by Verizon Report
Beyond Heartbleed, there are cyberthreats vying to take down enterprise networks, corrupt smartphones, and wreak havoc on businesses. Verizon is exposing these threats in a new report.
 
Where Do Web Sites Stand, Post-Heartbleed?
A security firm says the vast majority of Web sites have patched themselves to protect against the Heartbleed bug, but now there are questions raised on the reliability of open-source programs.
 

Navigation
CRM Daily
Home/Top News | CRM Systems | Customer Service | Business Intelligence | Sales & Marketing | Contact Centers | Customer Data | CRM Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.