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Regulating phone companies' security standards

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A new age crime for new age technology, is about thieves trying to steal identities and the phone companies doing little to protect subscribers' personal data from being revealed. Now according to a privacy watchdog Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), it is getting worse as agents of deception are getting access to even personal phone records from the phone companies, which are actively traded over the Internet, believably by over 40 internet sites.

The EPIC has filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that states that these identity thieves are "data brokers and private investigators" who are knowledgeable about the "inadequate security" and make the most of it "through pretexting", pretending to have authority to access protected records. The petition also goes forth to suggest the rot within the telephone companies, of staff who use the knowledge of personal information to decipher a subscriber's online telephone account code to access or misuse the account. Precedent to the petition was an EPIC complaint filed against Intelligent e-Commerce Inc. last year, over its illegal trade in telephone subscriber's personal information.

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