David McCabe reports:
A coalition of tech and privacy groups are asking the Federal Communications Commission to stop requiring that telecommunications companies store data on their customers for 18 months.
Under current policies, companies have to keep “name, address, and telephone number of the caller, telephone number called, date, time and length of the call” for billing reasons for a year and a half. But the privacy groups say it opens Americans up to inappropriate surveillance and data breaches.
“The mandatory retention of call toll records under Section 42.6 violates the fundamental right to privacy,” said the groups, led by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, in a petition to the FCC on Tuesday.
Read more on The Hill.