Congress proposes bill to criminalize unauthorized access to telephone account information

The Consumer Telephone Records Protection Act of 2006 was introduced by Senator Charles Schumer as pressure bears down on Congress to reign in Internet data brokers selling telephone call logs. Schumer leads his press release with rally-the-troops language.

SCHUMER UNVEILS BIPARTISAN BILL TO STOP SALE OF CELL PHONE CALL LOGS TO PROTECT PRIVACY OF MILLIONS OF CELL PHONE USERS
Thieves Steal and Sell Entire List of Every Call Cell Phone Owner has Made, Private, Business and Personal Relationships Made Public for a Small Fee
Who your Physician is, Whether you see a Psychologist, Companies you do Business with, Private/Personal Relationships Can all be made Public
Chairman Arlen Specter and Sen. Bill Nelson Join Schumer to Introduce Legislation to Criminalize Practice

Pretexts to telephone companies or their customers to obtain account information would be illegal. The language of the bill doesn’t seem to be available but a press report by RCR News provides some background. Needless to say, there’s no mention of exceptions for collection of judgments, child abduction, missing persons cases or other matters related to court actions or security.

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