Verizon Wireless Blocks Sale Of Customer Info It Shouldn't Have Let Out

from the our-records-are-your-records dept

Verizon Wireless is excited to announce it's gotten an injunction against a company that was selling its customers' call records over the Web. While it makes for a nice press release, the real question is how a company like this can get the information in the first place. Shouldn't Verizon, and other carriers, have better security in place to protect customers' privacy? That's exactly what the Electronic Privacy Information Center asked the FCC when it filed a petition asking the Commission to strengthen data protection rules. Verizon Wireless likes to tout the high-profile lawsuits it files to "protect" its customers, but it's also no stranger to privacy concerns, having had a flaw on its Web site that exposed some customer information pointed out just last month.


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    Karl, Sep 15th, 2005 @ 12:41pm

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    I had the same thought process when I saw that press release this morning.

    Great, you're protecting use info. But how did this company get access to the information in the first place?

    One of those "let's frame the argument" press releases to pre-emptively prevent PR damage.

     

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