January 09, 2006
Cell-phone records for sale

This is simply weird. Why would a call-phone company willingly sell their customers' call details - even at a high price? This is such an invasion of privacy (as well as, obviously, a potential threat to local/national security if local police/FBI/NSA/CIA/SS/etc's numbers aren't excempted), I can hardly believe it's true nor legal.

Via Jan:

"The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that your phone records are for sale online to the general public. From the article: "The Chicago Police Department is warning officers their cell phone records are available to anyone -- for a price. Dozens of online services are selling lists of cell phone calls, raising security concerns among law enforcement and privacy experts.' One of these sites is selling cell phone records for $110 for a month's worth of calls. No court order needed, no credentials required." "To test the service, the FBI paid Locatecell.com $160 to buy the records for an agent's cell phone and received the list within three hours, the police bulletin said."

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I can hardly believe that's legit. I am interested in trying myself just to find out. Too bad I don't have any need to know any of that... the $110 would be pretty wasted.

Posted by: Eliot on January 15, 2006 04:45 AM

I think this is really stepping over the line. What ever happened to the right to privacy?

Posted by: vimax on January 15, 2006 10:42 PM

If records can be sold at some price, buyers must be listed to let people know who desired to know other's privacy.Better,publicize their incentive ,which we also wanna have a knowledge.

Posted by: chauncey on January 16, 2006 04:33 PM

If you actually read the article you will see this is not an invasion of privacy by government. It is a case of employees illegally selling phone records.

Posted by: scalpmed on February 2, 2006 01:00 AM
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