Thursday, January 12, 2006

AMERICAblog just bought General Wesley Clark's cell phone records

for $89.95 ! Did you know your phone records are for sale to anyone with $100 who wants them?

PS CBS News is going to report on the cell records privacy scandal tonight (1/12/06) on their evening news broadcast.

Chicago Sun-Times:

"This shows nobody's records are untouchable. . . . Wouldn't it be interesting to know who [Sun-Times columnist] Bob Novak was calling in the month that [CIA agent] Valerie Plame's name came out? How about [U.S. Attorney] Patrick Fitzgerald's phone calls?"
[Update] weighs in,

It sounds unbelievable—but did you know that anyone can go online and purchase cell phone or home phone records of people like you?

On January 12, AMERICAblog was able to buy Gen. Wesley Clark's personal cell phone records with no problem. Phone companies and congressional leaders have known about this problem, but they've failed to address it.

Please sign this emergency petition to your congressional representatives today.
It is wrong to frame this as a cell phone problem. Phone records are available for land and cell alike. Land Line Phone Number Research

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If you really believe people can call your landline carrier and request a copy of your call records posing as you, you are intellectually lazy. Telephone records have never been protected by any fed law or reg. Cops and PI's have pulled phone records for decades. No warrant needed. The only thing that has changed is the internet has made it rediculously cheap and easy for anyone to do it. Although some states have laws against the sale of these records, these transactions take place in cyberspace, thus they are not easily subject to state laws.

The problem lies not with the US telephone companies. According to this Dec 2001 Fox news report, it is with the switching company Amdocs. It is foreign owned, so it does not easily fall under US laws. This clip about the israeli company explains how it works. You really should watch it, and/or read the transcript.
CAMERON: Here's how the system works. Most directory assistance calls, and virtually all call records and billing in the U.S. are done for the phone companies by Amdocs Ltd., an Israeli-based private telecommunications company. Amdocs has contracts with the 25 biggest phone companies in America, and more worldwide. The White House and other secure government phone lines are protected, but it is virtually impossible to make a call on normal phones without generating an Amdocs record of it...(transcript and video)
I've written on this before, as I believe it factors prominantly in the NSA spy scandal.

btw I'm not gay, but my favorite blogger is.
I just had to say that once.


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