[FCC confirms carriers ‘apparently’ broke the law by selling real-time customer locations](

FCC chairman Ajit Pai has sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, stating that the commission’s Enforcement Bureau has found that US carriers “apparently” broke the law by selling the location data of their unknowing customers. “I am committed to ensuring that all entities subject to our jurisdiction comply with the Communications Act and the FCC’s rules, including those that protect consumers’ sensitive information, such as real-time location data,” Pai wrote.

The use of apparently is what really burns me. We’ve know for month, even years, that US Carriers have made it easy to buy smart phone location for pretty much any use. But to have the FCC chairman refer to it as, “well I guess they aren’t following the law, 🤷‍♂️, oh well” is as, if not more, appalling than this infraction itself.