T-Mobile Sues Cell Phone Record Diggers
Wireless provider T-Mobile on Monday sued the owners of several Web sites that have built a business around selling anyone's wireless phone records. The move comes just days after Congressional lawmakers introduced several bills to explicitly make the practice a federal crime.
The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court in T-Mobile's back yard of Bellevue, Wash., targets 1st Source Information Specialists Inc. and Data Find Solutions, which according to the complaint operated celltolls.com, datafind.org and peoplesearchamerica.com, either separately or jointly. (On a side note, it looks like datafind.org and celltolls.com may already have gotten the same treatment from Cingular Wireless. The companies' sites say: "Queries regarding any information pertaining to Cingular Wireless numbers will not be accepted or processed at this time.")
The lawsuit also names as many as 100 John Does -- individuals whom the company believes may have helped the above-named companies obtain cell phone records from the company by "impersonating T-Mobile employees, supervisors, and disabled or injured customers. ... through deceit, trickery and dishonesty."
By using the John Doe tactic -- popularized by the Recording Industry Association of America in their ongoing legal war with individual peer-to-peer (P2P) music swappers -- T-Mobile hopes to convince a judge to force the companies to turn over the names of the people who allegedly did the deceiving and tricking.
A copy of the complaint is here: Download tmob.pdf
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