October 17, 2001
Sneak a peek: Phone records for sale
Author: JT Smith
From MSNBC: "How much would it cost someone to trace your movements all last month? About $100. Dozens of web sites will sell a copy of anyone's cell phone bill or long distance calling bill. Armed with such a document, a stalker could observe your traveling patterns; a business competitor could contact all your customers; and anyone could find out who your friends are, where they are, and when you call them. It all has some privacy advocates worried what our telecommunications system has been turned into an exciting spy network open to anyone -- including terrorists -- with a few extra dollars and an axe to grind."