A U.S. senator has put telecommunication companies – AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon – on notice for their data collection and retention policies.
Last week, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent an open letter to the CEOs of the four major telecom providers urging them to limit the data they collect and store from their customers’ communications, web browsing and app usage. Wyden has demanded that telecommunication executives respond to the letter before Sept. 4 with an outline of the steps they will take to protect customer privacy.
“Your companies collectively hold deeply sensitive information about hundreds of millions of Americans,” Wyden said in his letter. “It should come as no surprise that this data is a juicy target for foreign spies. Particularly in this modern era of massive data breaches, it is critical that companies like yours minimize the data you keep.”