Lawmakers push feds to investigate Verizon's use of 'supercookies' [telecom]

Concerned about privacy, three Democrats in the US Senate are asking the FCC and FTC to investigate Verizon's use of "supercookies" to track the online activities of millions of mobile customers.

by Marguerite Reardon

On Friday, Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent letters to the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission asking the agencies to look into Verizon's use of tracking technology.

The senators along, with Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), had written to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam last week to express their concern regarding reports that a third-party advertising company called Turn was using Verizon's "supercookies" to gather information for targeted advertising.

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