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After Motherboard's initial investigation showed AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customer real-time location data was ending up in the hands of bounty hunters, 15 Senators called for the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate. Frank Pallone, the Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce also asked Pai for an emergency briefing on the issue. Pai refused, with his staff telling Pallone that the issue is not a threat to the safety of human life or property that the FCC would address at the time. Pallone made the request during January's government shutdown, but as Pallone said in a previous statement "There’s nothing in the law that should stop the Chairman personally from meeting about this serious threat that could allow criminals to track the location of police officers on patrol, victims of domestic abuse, or foreign adversaries to track military personnel on American soil."On Tuesday, in response to a question from Senator Chris Coons during the FCC and FTC Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request hearing, Pai said the investigation was covering "any and all carriers that might be exchanging in the practice," but didn't provide any more specifics, including whether the investigation was tackling the bounty hunter issue or when it would be completed.Commissioner Rosenworcel added, "This is a matter of personal and national security. The silence of the agency on this issue is simply unacceptable."Subscribe to our new cybersecurity podcast, CYBER.
"This is a matter of personal and national security."