FCC asking public how to improve cell phone privacy

Jun 4, 2012 12:28:34Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

FCC asking public how to improve cell phone privacy

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking the public their opinions on how to better protect cell phone users' privacy, as the issue of cell phone privacy continues to affect many, according to The Hill.

Technology has been moving at such a fast rate that the FCC has been unable to implement regulations against companies accessing personal information about the users. The companies explain they use the information for general research, but lawmakers feel they may take things too far, the media outlet reports.

"The devices consumers use to access mobile wireless networks have become more sophisticated and powerful, and their expanded capabilities have at times been used by wireless providers to collect information about particular customers’ use of the network — sometimes, it appears, without informing the customer," the FCC wrote.

As the FCC continues to establish a better way to protect a person's privacy through their cell phones accessibility to wireless and carrier networks, individuals may want to take certain elements of their cell phone privacy into their own hands. According to PC Magazine, a person should have their phone locked with a passcode to open it and install antivirus software on the device. It is also important to be careful when giving out a cell phone number. Some cell phone owners have decided to add a second phone number to their phones - one to give to friends and family and another number to provide to new contacts.