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Pitts: Unanswered Questions Warrant Hearing on Cell Phone Database

Location: Washington, DC

Pitts: Unanswered questions warrant hearing on cell phone database

Washington-Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16) today called for congressional hearings on a planned cell phone database, citing several unanswered questions that need to be answered. Congressman Pitts' bill, H.R. 3558, would ensure consumers' privacy is protected when the directory goes online.

"We've heard a lot of promises about this database," said Congressman Pitts. "Many of those promises only came after the media started to expose the listing of cell phone numbers in a central database. But what happens when the media spotlight fades?

"Seems to me like there are a lot of unanswered questions about whether carriers retain the right to list users without their knowledge or permission. I think it's time we got some definitive answers to questions about how a central database listing of wireless numbers will impact the privacy of wireless users.

"A hearing before Congress is the best forum to hash this out, especially since each carrier has different answers and approaches to this directory. That way, we're all on the record, out in the open, no games; consumers know what to expect. This database could be a good service, as long as consumers are protected," concluded Congressman Pitts.

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