Cell Phone Call History for Sale...Cheap

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Your privacy for sale...wholesale.

The telephone companies are not only sleazy for trying to make a two tier web, but some of them may be selling their customer data to outside sources.

"In a nutshell, the Chicago Sun-Times ran a story two days ago about a Web site that sells phone records, for cells and land-lines, for $110 a pop. The company boasts on its own Web site:

Give us the cell phone number and we will send you the calls made from the cell phone number.

So I went to their site, plopped down $110, and within a day I had a list of every single phone number that called my cell, or that I called from my cell, for the month of November. I even had the dates the calls were made, and for a premium I could find out how long the calls were.

I called Cingular and they were shocked by what I told them - yeah right."

As if all that wasn't bad enough, the reliability of landing the information likely means it is coming directly from the phone companies:

And finally, let's not forget the biggest criminals of all in this affair. The phone companies. There is no way that these online services are outright stealing this information, if they're able to get in just a few hours consistently. They've got access to the info, and from the reading I've done it seems the cell and land-line companies are selling our info for profit. So, the biggest slap in the face should be to any phone company out there who has ever sold one big of information about you to anyone else.

It leaves a foul taste in my mouth to think I may be paying about $110 a month for phone services that may sell all my information to anyone who can afford to spend the same amount to spy on me.

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Cingular Website

From Cingular's Website

When Does Cingular Wireless Disclose Personal Information?
We do not sell personal information to unaffiliated third parties. We will disclose personal information to third parties to complete a transaction you have requested, as part of the terms and conditions for a particular service, to collect on an account, or when we otherwise have your consent to do so. We also may disclose personal information to third parties to protect the rights and property of the company or its subscribers.
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What Happens to Information About My Telephone Usage and Who I Call?
Under federal law, you have a right, and we have a duty, to protect the confidentiality of information about your device usage, the services you buy from us, who you call, and the location of your device on our network when you make a voice call.

Most employees at major

Most employees at major wireless phone companies have access to all customer information (in response to customers wanting information on the stop at any location). This includes extremely detailed inbound and outbound calls (plus all your text messages and data access).

I am not saying that is what the company in question is doing, but all someone has to do is pay-off a sales representative in each wireless company. Pay someone for the access URL and login information. Hire a hacker. Hire a couple people to work for the different wireless companies. It is no different than most industries – “money equal access”. Just look at Washington DC.

Privacy in this day and age is an illusion.

Get some reporters #s

and find out who their story sources are.

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