• T‑Mobile US (TMUS) is preparing to fight a whopping $91.6m (€85.6m) fine proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the sale of real‑time customer location data to third parties.

T-Mobile US set to fight $91m FCC fine

T-Mobile US set to fight $91m FCC fine

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T‑Mobile US (TMUS) is preparing to fight a whopping $91.6m (€85.6m) fine proposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the sale of real‑time customer location data to third parties. In late-February 2020, the FCC flagged it was fining TMUS, as well as merger partner Sprint and rivals AT&T and Verizon, a total of $209m for “selling access to their customers’ location information without taking reasonable measures to protect against unauthorised access to that information”. TMUS insisted that it “took quick action” when it learned its “location aggregator programme” was being abused by “bad actor” third-parties. “We were the first wireless provider to commit to ending the programme”, the NatCo is reported to have said. The issue of location data sales has been dogging TMUS and rivals for some time, although all four operators say they no longer sell such data (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #85 and passim).