Senator Fasano Addresses Intrusion into Personal Cell Phone Records

January 18, 2006

Seeks Crack Down on Purchase of Phone Information via Internet

State Senator Len Fasano (R-North Haven) joined fellow Senate Republicans Senator Lou DeLuca (R-Woodbury), Senator John McKinney (R-Fairfield), and Senator Andrew Roraback (R-Goshen) at a press conference today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford that addressed the sale of personal cell phone records on the internet. A variety of web sites are offering a service where, for a price of around $100, individuals can simply enter somebody else’s cell phone number and obtain records of his or her call history.

A Senate Republican staff member armed with a credit card as well as Senator Fasano’s cell phone number actually logged onto one of the many sites that offer this service and purchased the Senator’s personal cell phone record as an experiment.

“Obviously, this is an outrageous and intrusive practice that goes in the very face Connecticut citizens’ right to privacy,” said Senator Fasano, who is the Ranking Senator on the General Assembly’s General Law Committee. “Such confidential information should not be exposed to anybody surfing the web willing to pay a nominal fee. I am confident that with the help of my fellow Senators, along with the Attorney General and Chief State’s Attorney, we can properly address this situation and protect information that rightfully should remain private.”

Senators Fasano, McKinney, and Roraback also sent a letter to Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Chief State’s Attorney Christopher Morano asking them to take immediate action on this issue as well as to assist with drafting of possible legislation on this matter. Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation was also copied on the letter.

Senator Fasano is a Minority Leader and is serving his second term representing the 34th district communities of East Haven, North Haven and Wallingford.