State Law To Make Selling Of Illegal Information Illegal
from the missing-the-point dept
Verizon Wireless has a penchant for pumping up its efforts to sue people that somehow manage to get its customers' call records -- obscuring the real issue that they never should have been able to get the information from Verizon in the first place. Now, the governor and attorney general of Illinois have noticed the practice, and are looking to enact laws banning the sales of peoples' call records. While the proposed law certainly has honorable intentions, it's again missing the point. Banning the sale of the information in Illinois really won't do anything to help the situation at all, since it's all done over the internet anyway. Again, the bottom line here is that these are leaks of information by the cellular carriers -- so why not put the onus on them to stop the information from getting out? Instead of pointlessly banning the sale of the numbers, make phone companies liable for keeping the information secure. Carriers currrently have little incentive to stop the practice. In Verizon's case, stopping it would mean no more press releases calling attention to its "unmatched" efforts to sue people that get the info (rather than actually stopping them from getting it to begin with). Until there are real penalties and real motivation for companies to plug data leaks, they won't stop.