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Resource ID: #23014
Subject: Privacy
Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Date: 01/02/2006; 01/06/2006; 01/15/2006; 01/19/2006; 03/16/2006; 04/20/2006; 05/02/2006; 07/06/2006

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Spurred by a report "buried in the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police newsletter," the Sun-Times looks into the fact that anyone - including criminals - could purchase police officers' cell phone records on the Internet. Reporter Frank Main tested this by purchasing his own cell records for $110 from an online broker. "The records detailed the time and date of each call, and the telephone number called." The broker who sold these records turned out to be a convicted felon. Experts note that the easy access to such records "puts women at risk from stalkers; undercover officers at risk of having confidential informants exposed by criminal targets; and business people at risk of being spied on by corporate rivals."

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