Sale of Cell Phone Records Subject of House Hearing and State AG Action

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 1, 2006

Phone Records For Sale: Why Aren’t Phone Records Safe From Pretexting?, Full Committee on Energy and Commerce, February 1, 2006.

  • Statement of Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • FCC Chairman Martin’s Statement (10 pages, PDF), is available on his agency website.
  • Prepared Statement of the Federal Trade Commission On Phone Records for Sale: Why Aren’t Phone Records Safe From Pretexting?, Presented by Commissioner Jon Leibowitz
  • Related information and consumer protection resources:

  • Article from today’s New York Times, House Panel to Press Cellphone Industry on Improving Protection of Customer Records.
  • Press release, January 30, 2006: Missouri first state to force Web business to stop selling cell phone records; Nixon obtains restraining order – Attorney General Jay Nixon…obtained a court order to prevent an Internet business and its owners from offering to sell the records of cell phone customers in Missouri. The defendants, who do business online under several names but most prominently as Locatecell.com, have been sued for violating state consumer protection laws by misrepresenting that it is legal for them to obtain, possess and sell the phone records.”
  • Brief guide (2 pages, PDF) on How to protect your cell phone records
  • EPIC’s Illegal Sale of Phone Records Page
  • Postings on sale of cell phone records
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