Oklahoma governor signs telephone pretext legislation

Oklahoma legislation, HB 2903An Act relating to telephone records, prohibiting certain acts with telephone records without the authorization of the customer, has been signed into law, going into affect November 1, 2006.

Procuring or receiving 10 or more telephone records of a subscriber is a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison; 1 record could bring a 5 year sentence. This is not restricted to telephone call records but encompasses any subscriber information obtained through deception or without the consent of the subscriber. The only exceptions are for law enforcement, which, as in most of these telephone subscriber privacy bills, is actually given greater latitude in securing personal phone data, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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