Privacy advocates demand rules for mobile providers on data use [telecom]

By Keith Lewis

Privacy advocates are demanding standards for mobile service pro- viders' handling of sensitive customer information, especially loca- tion data, after a Federal Communications Commission inquiry into the top 15 carriers revealed a huge variation within the industry's data retention and consumer privacy protocols.

T-Mobile U.S. Inc. stores customer data, including location infor- mation, for up to 24 months, it told the regulator. AT&T Mobility, including its subsidiary Cricket Wireless, stores locations and most other user data for 13 months, but it stores some call records for up to five years, it reported.

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