Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

FCC, FTC To Look Into Cellphone Tracking FCC, FTC To Look Into Cellphone Tracking

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation

 

FCC, FTC To Look Into Cellphone Tracking

The Federal Communications Commission waded into the controversy over cellphone tracking Tuesday, announcing that it will partner with the Federal Trade Commission in reviewing the risks of location-based services.

The agencies stopped short of announcing any formal investigation. Rather they propose to gather information through online comments and a public information forum on June 28.

Congressional leaders and privacy groups attacked companies like Apple and Google after reports that smart phones track and gather information on their users' locations.

"While the use of location data has spurred innovation, the FCC's National Broadband Plan recognizes that consumer apprehension about privacy can also act as a barrier to the adoption and utilization of broadband and mobile devices," the FCC said in a statement. "Clear information and public education can help consumers better understand these services."

The hearing will feature representatives of wireless carriers, consumer advocacy groups, and technology companies. The hearing, as well as the public comments, will eventually go into a staff report, laying the groundwork for possible future FCC or FTC action, an FCC official said.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Chock full of usable information on today's issues."

Michael, Executive Director

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

Great way to keep up with Washington"

Ray, Professor of Economics

Sign up form for the newsletter
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL