Phone Surveillance By State and Local Law Enforcement Uses Data Brokers

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on June 20, 2006

  • AP: “Federal and local police across the country – as well as some of the nation’s best-known companies – have been gathering Americans’ phone records from private data brokers without subpoenas or warrants. These brokers, many of whom market aggressively on the Internet, have broken into customer accounts online, tricked phone companies into revealing information and sometimes acknowledged that their practices violate laws, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.”
  • MSNBC.com: Who’s buying cell phone records online? Cops Net sellers tell Congress they supply law enforcement officials with call lists
  • Related government resources and links:

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Hearing, June 21, 2006 – Internet Data Brokers and Pretexting: Who has Access to Your Private Records?
  • Postings on government telephone surveillance and telecom cooperation
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