by CIO Staff

Wireless Data Brokers Sued by Sprint Nextel

Jan 30, 20061 min
IT Leadership

Sprint Nextel has brought suit against the parent company of four data brokers accused of illegally obtaining and selling wireless customer phone records, Reuters reports.

On Friday, Sprint said 1st Source Information Specialists employed people to act as existing customers seeking information about their accounts in order to illegally access cell phone records and phone numbers.

The lawsuit was filed in Broward County, Fla.

Sprint is currently seeking permanent and temporary injunctions against Fla.-based 1st Source, operator of such websites as and, which were accused last week of peddling T-Mobile customer records.  A King County, Wash. Superior Court Judge ordered 1st Source Information Specialists and Data Find Solutions, to temporarily cease the procurement and sale of T-Mobile records.

For more CIO coverage of the T-Mobile injunction against 1st Source read T-Mobile Aims to Stop Call Record Sales and Temporary Protection for T-Mobile Customers.

Cingular Wireless has also received a temporary restraining order against both 1st Source and Data Find Solutions, and last month the Federal Communications Commission issued 1st Source a citation for failing to comply with a previous subpoena.

-Al Sacco