FCC Proposes $500k Fine Phone Card Privacy Violations

In a separate case, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a monetary forfeiture of $493,327 against a Pennsylvania-based company for numerous violations of the Federal Communications Act, including failing to protect the privacy of consumers.

In a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture issued in September 2014, the FCC charged PTT Phone Cards, Inc. of Philadelphia with failure to comply with “virtually all” of its regulatory obligations over a three year period, including failure to protect private consumer information and failure to contribute to the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) Fund, intended to help people with hearing and speech disabilities place phone calls.

According to the FCC, PTT provided prepaid calling card services under the trade name “Star Pinless” between 2010 and 2014 without ever receiving permission from the Commission to provide international telecommunications services, nor without certifying that it had taken the necessary steps to protect the private information of consumers using its prepaid cards. PTT also reportedly failed to file annual reports with the Commission that would support the determination of payments due to the TRS Fund as well as other regulatory payments.

Read the complete text of the FCC’s Notice of Apparent Liability in connection with PTT.

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