Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Capitol Hill Roiling Over Online Phone Records

Roy Mark writes on

The furor over online data brokers selling personal telephone data continues to roil on Capitol Hill with a House panel now demanding to know when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will complete its investigation.

Since August, the FCC has been dealing with a barrage of complaints that telephone carriers are not adequately protecting the personal information of subscribers, increasing consumer vulnerability to identity theft, fraud and online stalkers.

The data the brokers are selling allegedly includes numbers dialed, calls received and the location of callers. The privacy watchdog Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) estimates at least 40 Web sites are selling the information.


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