Judge Bars Sale of Individuals' Phone Records

Susan Hall

A federal judge has shut down the Wyoming-based business Abika.com, which advertised that it could obtain the confidential phone records of any individual and provide them to a third party for a fee, reports Computerworld.


The records were sold without consumers' knowledge or consent, according to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Because the records are not legally available, the defendants used false pretenses, statements and documents to acquire them, the FTC said.


Judge William F. Downes of the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming barred sale of the records, and required parent company AccuSearch and owner Jay Patel to give up nearly $200,000 in profits from the venture and to provide information so those whose records were sold can be notified, according to Internet Business Law Services.

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