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Graves Questions Federal Trade Commission About Protecting Consumer Privacy

Today Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, questioned Federal Trade Chairman Joseph J. Simons and Commissioner Rohit Chopra about mobile identity theft and location targeting.

Graves Questions Federal Trade Commission About Protecting Consumer Privacy

 

Asked FTC Chairman and Commissioner about mobile identity theft and unauthorized location tracking

 

Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14), Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, questioned Federal Trade Chairman Joseph J. Simons and Commissioner Rohit Chopra about mobile identity theft and location targeting.

 

Rep. Graves highlighted a form of personal identity theft called “SIM Swap,” which is when a fraudster steals someone’s mobile identity by exploiting a mobile carrier’s ability to switch a phone number and activate a new phone. In August, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was the victim of this type of fraud. His Twitter account was taken over by the individual who hacked his phone through a SIM Swap.

 

“Can you give us an update? What role do you have and what can consumers do to protect themselves from this?” asked Rep. Graves. “This is a serious problem,” Chairman Simons responded.

 

You can watch the exchange here.

 

 

Rep. Graves also asked about the selling of geolocation data without a consumer’s knowledge or consent. Earlier this year, Rep. Graves questioned Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai about “pay to track,” which allowed individuals to buy real-time location data from third-party sellers. The data would originate from mobile carriers who were selling the consumer information. These individuals could then track a mobile phone within a few hundred feet.

 

“Location information is particularly sensitive, because its unauthorized sharing can create safety concerns. Stalking, for example,” said Chairman Simons. “We have several non-public investigations going on regarding this issue.”

 

You can watch the exchange here.

 

 

Tom Graves was reelected in 2012 to represent the new 14th Congressional District.

In Congress, Tom serves on the House Appropriations Committee, which determines how the United States Government spends taxpayer dollars. On this committee, Tom serves as Republican Leader of the Financial Services Subcommittee, which oversees the annual bill funding our nation’s financial infrastructure, such as the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration. He also serves on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee, and the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee.

 

Press Release from the Office of Tom Graves

 

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Anthony Wilson

    October 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Thank GOD for MR. Graves inventors like me have a voice l been inquiring FTC for years why did you look at the number 1# invention with blind eyes and death ears in your stop robocall protecting privacy challenge contest. Clearly you can see number 1# invention 98BLT739 CALLER ID SCREENER is the winner. My question is who original origin behind the stop robocall protecting privacy challenge. Thank you Anthony R. Wilson the inventor of 98 BLT-739 CALLER ID SCREENER AUTOMATICALLY SCREEN-OUT NON-PRIORITY from any ACCESS

  2. Anthony Wilson

    December 9, 2019 at 10:32 am

    I see big telecom giant’s are trying to work around #1 phone invention to stopping robocalls and bringing business community together as one protecting privacy on phone devices.

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