Congressional testimony and litigation on pretexting

The Federal Trade Commission has settled another telephone pretexting case, Federal Trade Commission, Plaintiff, v. Information Search, Inc. and David J. Kacala, individually and as an officer of Information Search, Inc., Defendants. The FTC will collect $3000 from the telephone information broker, who is also required to abandon the now illegal practice of impersonating telephone subscribers to get toll call records from the telecommunications carrier. The Commission had previously filed suit against Information Search, Inc. for obtaining personal financial bank account records in violation of the federal law known as Gramm-Leach-Bliley.

The Federal Trade Commission testified today at the Committee on Energy and Commerce on, Combating Pretexting: H.R. 936, Prevention of Fraudulent Access to Phone Records Act. The text of the testimony of other participants is not yet available.

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