March 20, 2006 11:45 AM PST

Sprint sues over cell phone records

Sprint Nextel has filed a lawsuit against a Florida company that it claims obtained customers' confidential cell phone records through deceptive means.

Sprint filed its lawsuit against St. Petersburg-based San Marco & Associates last week in a U.S. District Court in Florida. The lawsuit alleges San Marco & Associates tried to obtain the confidential records under false pretenses and then tried to sell the information to data brokers.

"As we dig deeper into the origins of this fraud, we've determined that, in some cases, companies with no Internet presence whatsoever are handling the dirty work for these online operations," Kent Nakamura, Sprint Nextel chief privacy officer, said in a statement.

Sprint is seeking temporary and permanent injunctionS against San Marco & Associates. Earlier this year, the courts granted Sprint a permanent injunction against First Source Information Specialists, parent company of such Web sites as locatecell.com and datafind.org, which can no longer attempt to obtain or distribute confidential cell phone records belonging to Sprint customers.

As a result of illicit activity related to fraudulently obtained and distributed confidential cell phone records, lawmakers and the Federal Communications Commission have undertaken action to curtail such efforts. Earlier this month, two bills moved closer to passage that would result in prison time for convicted cell phone record thieves.

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Sprint needs to sue/block that Spanish Florida Telemarketer
These idiots keep calling me from these #'s:

305-371-5390
305-371-7266
786-316-0737
786-718-9058
305-358-6915

My spanish is really bad, but the recording says something like "push 1 on your cellular to win your prize".

Verizon sued a florida spanish telemarketer but it hasn't stopped them from calling. This is illegal because they are automated dialing - and using a recording without providing someone the line, and are calling CELLPHONES.
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Blocking Cellular Telemarketers
Aside from the legality of the nature of the calls, if you want to block telemarketers from calling, just add your telephone number (yes, even cell phones) to the list. Visit www.donotcall.gov and you should stop receiving calls within 31 days, and the registration is good for 5 years.
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