Thursday, July 23, 2015

$3.5M FCC Settlement by Telcom for Privacy Violation

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and a telecommunications provider have reached a $3.5 million settlement. The FCC's Enforcement Bureau investigated whether the telecommunications company violated the privacy of customers' personal identifying information (PII).

The FCC has made it clear that Section 222(a) of the Communications act requires telecommunications carriers "to take every reasonable precaution to protect the confidentiality of proprietary or personal customer information" and that it is committed "to taking resolute enforcement action to ensure that the goals of Section 222 are achieved."

"imposes a duty on every telecommunications carrier to protect the confidentiality of proprietary information of, and relating to...customers. ."
- Section 222(a) of FCC Communications Act
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Sources:
(a) In the Matter of TerraCom, Inc., and YourTel America , Inc. -
www.FCC.gov, 07/09/2015

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