FTC Sets Investigative Sights on Carrier IQ
The Federal Trade Commission has decided to investigate allegations that software company Carrier IQ logged user activity without their knowledge or consent and shared that information with wireless network operators, reports the Washington Post. Citing anonymous government officials, the Post says the FTC is looking to see if Carrier IQ violated consumer privacy laws. Carrier IQ confirmed that its senior executives have met with government officials over the matter, which exploded several weeks ago when Carrier IQ's software was discovered by a researcher logging keystrokes. Carrier IQ denies that its software logs keystrokes or monitors text messages. The software is used in handsets sold by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile USA, but not Verizon Wireless. Carrier IQ has since contradicted the Washington Post's story, claiming that it met with the FTC and FCC voluntarily to discuss the issue.
Sprint, T-Mobile Agree to Halt Sharing Location with Some Apps
Following moves made earlier in the day by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have now said they also will cease sharing customer location data with certain third-party apps and services. Sprint said it is "beginning the process of terminating its current contracts with data aggregators to whom we provide location data." T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted, "I've personally evaluated this issue & have pledged that @tmobile will not sell customer location data to shady middlemen." The matter rose to attention after some third-party location brokers left the real-time data of millions of customers unprotected.
Verizon to Cease Sharing Phone Location with Other Companies
Verizon Communications today said it will stop making customer location data available to third-party apps and services. The decision follows last month's revelation that third-party companies didn't always properly protect this data.
LG G7 ThinQ Goes On Sale Today for $749
Sales of the LG G7 ThinQ phone kicked off in the U.S. today.
3GPP Approves Spec for Standalone 5G New Radio
The 3GPP today ratified another piece of the 5G specification, termed the Standalone 5G New Radio, or SA 5G NR. This spec is for 5G networks that are developed on their own, apart from legacy or pre-existing networks.
Curios About Verizon...
What about all the other smaller/local carriers too?