An executive at T-Mobile USA said criminal penalties for scammers and pretexters like those outlined in a recently signed federal law are sufficient for regulating how carriers handle their subscribers' personal information. Kathleen Ham, T-Mobile's director of federal regulatory affairs said there's no reason for Congress to pass new laws prescribing further regulation on the subject.
"I think we have every incentive to want to protect the privacy of our customers," Ham said. "I think the government has a hard time staying ahead of what industry is doing in terms of the best technology for encryption, the best technology to try to protect your information. I think if they pass laws in this area, unfortunately, it's going to be out of date as soon as the ink is dry."
For more on Ham's comments:
- see this article from CNET