AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon face FCC fines after probe finds they failed to protect user location data

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AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon are among the telecommunications carriers facing hundreds of millions of dollars in fines from the Federal Communications Commission after a federal investigation found the companies didn't do enough to protect the location data of users.

The telecoms are expected to fight the FCC's decision.

From reporting by Drew FitzGerald and Sarah Krouse at the Wall Street Journal:

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in fines from the country's top cellphone carriers after officials found the companies failed to safeguard information about customers' real-time locations, according to people familiar with the matter.

The telecom regulator in recent weeks informed AT&T Inc., Sprint Corp., T-Mobile US Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. of pending notices of apparent liability, the people said.

Read more at the WSJ:

FCC Probe Finds Mobile Carriers Didn't Safeguard Customer Location Data
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