Like Clockwork -- Operators Spin Own Info Leak As A Government Problem

from the say-what-now? dept

Last night we posted the story of someone being able to obtain the mobile phone records of a national figure -- while noting that the outrage seemed misdirected. The complaint was about why the government isn't doing anything about this. As we've pointed out in the past, the sharing of this information is already illegal. The real question is how come the mobile operators are letting this info out in the first place. However, the operators obviously don't want this to reflect poorly on them, so they quickly trotted out head lobbyist Steve Largent to build on the original outrage... towards the government. He complains that it's the government's fault: "We urge the appropriate government authorities to take action necessary." Basically, he's urging them to clean up the mess the operators made themselves by not protecting this info in the first place. Of course, what makes this even more silly, is that this is the same industry that always complains that they should be allowed to self-regulate, while keeping the government out. So, now, when it's clearly a problem created by the operators being unable to protect their own customer's data, they go running to the government to save them?

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    Tom Prodehl, 13 Jan 2006 @ 3:19pm

    Standard of care

    It seems to me that the people whose data was improperly disseminated have a tort with the cell providers for negligence. Now, this isn't criminal but it does raise civil liability. Has some sharp lawyer already filed a class action?

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