A House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing scheduled for today will focus on how to prevent companies such as All Star Investigations from illegally obtaining and selling data on phone customers. Among the issues up for discussion are whether there should be
additional federal laws aimed directly at the online data brokers that are
already illegally obtaining, possessing, and marketing customers'
private call records, why there has been virtually no enforcement of
existing criminal statutes, and what steps wireless carriers are
currently taking to try and thwart the effort of the information
thieves. CTIA-The Wireless Association President and CEO Steve Largent
is scheduled to testify at the hearing.

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