Energy and Commerce Committee

Communications and Technology


#SubCommTech to Conduct FCC Oversight Hearing

07.18.2018

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), announced today a hearing for Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission.”

Next week, #SubCommTech members will hear from current Federal Communications Commission (FCC) commissioners regarding the FCC’s work to close the digital divide, support innovation and 5G, enhance public safety technologies and alerts, strengthen national security, and more.

“This subcommittee has been busy this...

Press Release

Cmte Leaders Probe LocationSmart, Third-Parties on Location Sharing Practices

07.18.2018

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders today sent letters requesting information from location data aggregator LocationSmart and third-party services Securus Technologies and 3CInteractive regarding reports of misuse of personally identifiable consumer location information collected by wireless providers.

The letters come as recent media reports have indicated Securus Technologies may have impermissibly allowed U.S. law enforcement to request sensitive location information through LocationSmart, with 3CInteractive acting as an intermediary, for investigative or surveillance purposes. The use of such data for these purposes would have been in contravention...

Press Release

Letters to LocationSmart, Securus Technologies, and 3CInteractive Regarding Location Sharing Practices

07.18.2018

Excerpt: “In the wake of the privacy scandals that surfaced earlier this year, we remain concerned about whether U.S. companies are properly incentivized to examine what sensitive personal information they hold about consumers and whether they are taking appropriate steps to protect that information on behalf of all Americans. The lack of clear notice to customers and affirmative opt-in consent from those customers before they received personally identifiable customer location information is troubling.”

Click here to read the letter to LocationSmart.

Click here to read the letter to Securus Technologies....

Letter

Communications and Technology

Jurisdiction


Electronic communications, both Interstate and foreign, including voice, video, audio and data, whether transmitted by wire or wirelessly, and whether transmitted by telecommunications, commercial or private mobile service, broadcast, cable, satellite, microwave, or other mode; technology generally; emergency and public safety communications; cybersecurity, privacy, and data security; the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Office of Emergency Communications in the Department of Homeland Security; and all aspects of the above-referenced jurisdiction related to the Department of Homeland Security.