The Federal Communications Commission is in a legal fight with AT&T over the release of data from the controversial so-called metadata program.
AT&T is a major user of AT&t data in the US, and has been pushing to have the FCC require the data.
AT &t’s CEO John Legere said last month that the agency is looking to force the telco to comply with a subpoena from a federal court in Washington DC, and that AT& T’s data would be released to the FCC if AT&, like Google, can’t produce it.
The company has been the target of a federal privacy lawsuit filed by former Google engineer Ashkan Soltani and other users of the company’s data.
The lawsuit argues that AT >s privacy policies are too vague to give customers the right to control their data.
But the FTC’s director, Jon Legeres, said last week that he does not intend to enforce the subpoenas.
Legers comments came in response to a letter from a coalition of privacy groups, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Privacy International, and Free Press, demanding the FTC conduct an investigation into AT>t data privacy practices.
Legerres also announced that the FTC will be reviewing whether to impose a “mandatory data retention requirement” on telecommunications companies to comply.
This is an ongoing investigation and I can’t say what the final conclusions will be,” Legerer said at the time.
AT and AT&ts privacy director, Adam Jonas, have been working on a new set of privacy policies for AT<s data that they hope will be released this week.
AT is also reportedly working with AT <ds lawyers on a plan to bring a lawsuit against the FTC for failing to enforce a subpoena.
The FTC says that AT has been acting in bad faith and has violated AT&tl;s policies.
The FCC is currently conducting an investigation, and will issue its final decision on the legality of the subpoena within a week.”
The FTC has repeatedly and vigorously pursued AT&tt;s compliance with its obligations under the Wiretap Act, including ensuring that AT’s data is protected by a strong firewall,” the spokesman said.
The FCC is currently conducting an investigation, and will issue its final decision on the legality of the subpoena within a week.