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Robocalls and other unwanted calls consistently rank among the top consumer complaints to FCC and FTC.
Robocallers often use a fake caller ID—a practice known as “spoofing”—to disguise their identities and gain credibility.
This testimony focuses on the Federal Trade Commission's authority to oversee Internet privacy and security. Without a comprehensive federal data privacy law, the United States relies in part on FTC to use its broad authority to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive trade practices.
In April 2018, Facebook said that up to 87 million users' personal data may have been improperly disclosed. This was one of many recent Internet privacy incidents.
We found that there is no comprehensive U.S.
What the Participants Said Forum discussions considered the implications of new data-related technologies and developments that are revolutionizing the basic three-step innovation process in the figure below.
What GAO Found Fourteen mobile industry companies and 10 in-car navigation providers that GAO examined in its 2012 and 2013 reports—including mobile carriers and auto manufacturers with the largest market share and popular application developers—collect location data and use or share them to provide...
What GAO FoundUsing several methods of varying precision, mobile industry companies collect location data and use or share that data to provide users with location-based services, offer improved services, and increase revenue through targeted advertising.
GAO previously reported on how large information resellers like consumer reporting agencies obtain and use Social Security numbers (SSNs). Less is known about information resellers that offer services to the general public over the Internet.