Online privacy advocates on Thursday welcomed a letter by dozens of House Democrats urging the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to enact rules prohibiting the collection and sale of consumers\u0026#039; location data.\r\n\r\nWriting to FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel—who was confirmed to the post on Tuesday—and FTC Chair Lina Khan, 44 lawmakers led by Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.) noted that \u0022currently, app developers are able to collect sensitive user information and sell it to interested parties for a substantial profit.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Apps can harvest personal information, such as geolocation and phone identifiers, even after users denied permission for such sharing,\u0022 the lawmakers wrote. \u0022We are concerned that the continued, unregulated commercialization of private geolocation data compromises the safety and privacy of consumers.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022In the past, both FTC and FCC punished bad actors for failing to safeguard location data, but the agencies fell short of establishing prophylactic rules that will better protect consumers,\u0022 they continued. \u0022While we applaud the agencies\u0026#039; commitments to consumer privacy and safety, it is clear that more needs to be done. To that end, we ask that your agencies take… steps to better protect the safety and privacy of consumers.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe letter\u0026#039;s signers want the FTC to:\r\n\r\n\r\n\tDefine the sale, transfer, use, or purchase of precise location data collected by an app for purposes other than the essential function of the app as an \u0022unfair act or practice\u0022;\r\n\tDefine app developers\u0026#039; mislabeling of users\u0026#039; location data as \u0022anonymous\u0022 as a \u0022deceptive practice\u0022; and\r\n\tEnforce its regulations against companies abusing consumers\u0026#039; location data through its penalty authority.\r\n\r\n\r\nDigital rights groups including Accountable Tech, Common Cause, Free Press Action Fund, and Project on Government Oversight have endorsed the lawmakers\u0026#039; letter, which comes amid a serious Republican challenge to the confirmation of President Joe Biden\u0026#039;s nomination of Gigi Sohn to fill the fifth FCC commissioner seat and give Democrats a 3-2 advantage on the regulator\u0026#039;s governing body.