If US Senator Charles Schumer ( D-N.Y. ) has his way, it will be a criminal offense to sell phone records. Numerous online services sell phone records, including cell phone records, to anyone willing to pay for them, according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Often these phone record providers skirt the law to obtain the phone records. One of the companies being called into question is locatecell.com. Locatecell.com is an online service that has been used to obtain phone records on government officials, police officers and FBI agents. Current Federal law is written too narrowly to cover the sale of these phone records.
From the article —
Criminals can use such records to expose a government informant who regularly calls a law enforcement official.
Suspicious spouses can see if their husband or wife is calling a certain someone a bit too often.
And employers can check whether a worker is regularly calling a psychologist — or a competing company.
Ernie Rizzo, a Chicago private investigator, said he uses a similar cell phone record service to conduct research for his clients. On Friday, for instance, Rizzo said he ordered the cell phone records of a suburban police chief whose wife suspects he is cheating on her.
“I would say the most powerful investigative tool right now is cell records,” Rizzo said. “I use it a couple times a week. A few hundred bucks a week is well worth the money.”
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