Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Fwd: Help Keep Your Cell Phone Records Private!

I just took action on to protect the privacy of our cell phone records.

Unscrupulous companies are offering to sell your detailed cell phone records--who you called, their number, how long you talked, and when--to anyone willing to pay them $100.  How? They call your cell phone carrier and pretend to be you--something known as "pretexting." And cell phone companies aren't doing enough to keep your information safe.

Consumers Union wants Congress to take a hard stance against this practice.  Congress should make it illegal for anyone to use unscrupulous means to buy or sell your phone records. And Congress should require phone companies to do more to safeguard your private information and prohibit them from sharing it with other companies without your express permission. A House of Representatives committee recently approved the Prevention of Fraudulent Access to Phone Records Act, strong legislation that would do just that!

Unfortunately, the Senate Commerce Committee will soon consider a bill that would actually weaken privacy protections. It not only fails to require phone companies to safeguard your detailed records, it also prevents your state from imposing stronger privacy protection requirements on those companies  a dangerous step backward!

Tell Congress to pass the Prevention of Fraudulent Access to Phone Records Act and reject the dangerously weak Senate bill

Just go to

""Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."" by Dr. Seuss.

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