Intelligent eCommerce voluntarily removes cell phone records from its list of services.
( EMAILWIRE.COM, January 17, 2006 ) Encinitas, CA -- Intelligent eCommerce, Inc. (IEI) a marketing company for independent private investigators removed cell phone record searches from www.bestpeoplesearch.com. In light of the recent activities of its competitor’s Intelligent e-Commerce has decided to voluntarily cease offering call records from its web sites. IEI concluded that continuing to provide the service would link it to disreputable companies who do not use any safeguards to protect against the potential dangers of this service. As a result, IEI has voluntarily removed these services from its web site on Monday January 16th.
Recently, the business of online data brokerage has garnered much attention from the press. Much has been made of the ability of individuals to pay a fee to an online service company and receive a copy of someone else’s cell phone records. While this service has been available for many years, companies that offer these services online are relatively new. Clearly, in the wrong hands such a service poses the danger of abuse and the potential to cause harm.
Intelligent e-Commerce, Inc. who owns www.bestpeoplesearch.com has always prided itself on its policy of carefully screening requests for cell phone records to determine if the records are being requested for a legitimate purpose. IEI has always personally called the requestor of any phone records in order to determine the reason for the request. A customer wanting to find her runaway teenage daughter: valid. Bail bond agents skip tracing a bail jumper: valid. Law enforcement officers working a case: valid. An insurance company wanting to know if its insured was using his cell phone when he crashed into another motorist: valid. A request for the records of any government agent or public official: not valid.
Unfortunately, not all purveyors of this service are quite as conscientious as IEI. In response to requests from the media to discuss the service and address legitimate concerns from the community, IEI President Noah Wieder accepted myriad invitations to appear on television to discuss the matter. Tellingly, IEI was the ONLY COMPANY IN THE UNITED STATES willing to appear on TV to discuss the issue.
IEI has strong feelings on how the industry can be regulated to protect consumers while still permitting industry professionals access in limited circumstances and would be happy to provide interviews and additional information.
IEI has prepared a document called “HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CELL PHONE RECORDS” and is freely available from http://bestpeoplesearch.com/pdf/How-to-protect-your-cell-phone-records.pdf Anyone can protect their phone records from being obtained without government intervention. It’s just a matter of educating the public. If the phone carriers offered these suggestions to account holders (better yet), added them to account applications, legislation would not be necessary and the fear of someone accessing your cell records would dissipate.
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