FTC charges five companies with selling phone records

05/4/2006 | Washington Post, The · Wall Street Journal, The

The FTC has brought charges against five companies accused of "pretexting" to obtain and sell sensitive information about mobile phone customers such as call logs. The lawsuit aims to halt the sale of the logs and seeks to reclaim money collected by the companies. "These offenders are sophisticated data thieves who will only stop their illegal behavior when confronted with strong criminal penalties," said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA-The Wireless Association.

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