Earlier this week, after US wireless carriers were put on blast for selling their users' location data without consent, the industry promptly promised to bring the practice to an end. The industry response, however, has not been satisfied leaders in Congress. On Friday, House Energy and Commerce Committee's Chairman, Frank Pallone, D-NJ, asked the FCC to provide the committee's emergency briefing on the matter. "While some carriers have now been recommitted to consider such unauthorized disclosure, the public can no longer This statement is highly sensitive, "Pallette said in a letter to the FCC. T-Mobile, AT & T, and Sprint continues to announce a motherboard report, which reveals the data on the black market to anyone willing to pay. This practice continues, even though Thursday. AT & T and T-Mobile said they would be selling data by March. Verizon, meanwhile, said it was phasing out its last four partnerships. Pallone is not the only lawmaker skeptical of these commitments. On Friday, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Commended Pallone for "taking this critical step towards creating the true transparency and oversight of wireless carriers that misuse Americans' data." Wyden reiterated his call for Congress to pass his legislation.
Pallone said the emergency FCC briefing should be held on Monday – regardless of whether or not the federal government is shut down. "An emergency briefing is necessary in the interest of public safety and national security, and therefore can not wait until President Trump decides to reopen the government," he wrote.