June 15, 2006
Jefferson City, Mo. — Attorney General Jay Nixon today obtained a court order prohibiting a Joplin-based Web business and its owners from offering to sell the confidential information of cell phone customers in Missouri. Nixon said the defendants, who do business under the name North American Information on a Web site entitled NAInfo.com, violated consumer protection laws by misrepresenting that it was legal for them to obtain, possess and sell the information, which includes personal cell phone records.
North American Information is the fourth such Web site that Nixon has targeted this year. In February, Missouri became the first state to obtain a court order preventing an Internet business that sells cell phone records from conducting business in its state. Nixon's aggressive actions in that case and subsequent cases resulted in preliminary injunctions against Locatecell.com, Completeskiptrace.com and Datatraceusa.com earlier this year.
“My office remains committed to protecting the privacy concerns of Missouri consumers from these Internet businesses that sell private cell phone information without the owners' consent,” Nixon said. “This is the fourth time we have gone to court to stop the dissemination of such information in our state, and remain ready to act against other businesses that provide such services.”
The assurance of voluntary compliance was signed today by Cole County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Brown. Under the agreement, North American Information and owner Tom Doyle are prohibited from:
Under the agreement, respondents will also pay $1,000 to the Missouri Merchandising Practices Revolving Fund.