This morning, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, was testifying before Congress on a litany of issues. Just as when Zuckerberg testified about the shenanigans that facebook was engaged in, this session will also be a bunch of “blah, blah, blah” by clueless congressman and the outcome will be a big goose egg. Nothing will change.
Here’s an example of the clueless nature of congress’s questions.
The very first question was asked by Congressman Bob Goodlatte. He asked about tracking of a cellphone’s location and the privacy concerns that every cellphone user is constantly monitored. Mr. Pichai gave a wishy washy answer about how seriously Google takes user privacy.
Here’s why the question by Congressman Goodlatte demonstrates his lack of understanding.
On October 26, 1999., President William “Billybob” Clinton signed into law the “Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999” also known as the E911 Law. This law MANDATED that cellphones MUST be able to be located to within 150 meters OR BETTER. Next year, 2019, the FCC has proposed stricter location accuracy requirements, most likely 50 meters or better.
BY LAW, CELLPHONES MUST BE TRACKED! And the law is 20 YEARS OLD!
In 2003 several senators testified on the IMPORTANCE OF TRACKING THE LOCATIONS of cellphones.
“We must ask ourselves – what good are the FCC’s mandates on wireless carriers to implement new tracking technologies if they keep getting extended because those on the receiving end can’t respond?”
“First, wireless carriers and local telephone companies must be committed to this. We need them at the table, we need their guidance, and we need to know what the obstacles are, and we need their commitment.”
Who was this senator demanding implementation of cellphone tracking and asking for GUIDANCE AND COMMITMENT from COMMERCIAL COMPANIES?
Senator Hillary “Hillybob” Clinton.
Stand by your man…