June 22, 2006
Jefferson City, Mo. — An Assistant Attorney General from the office of Attorney General Jay Nixon will testify today before the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. Peter Lyskowski, the office's lead attorney on four lawsuits filed to shut down Internet businesses that sell confidential cell phone information of Missouri customers, will testify before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations at 2 p.m.
Under the leadership of Attorney General Nixon, Missouri has emerged as a nationwide leader in protecting the privacy concerns of its consumers versus Internet businesses that illegally sell private cell phone information. In January, 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. Since then, Nixon's aggressive actions have led to preliminary injunctions against a total of four such companies, Locatecell.com, Completeskiptrace.com, Datatraceusa.com and NAInfo.com.
In his testimony, Mr. Lyskowski will detail Missouri's response to the issue of the sale of private cell phone records on the Internet, including investigations and litigation filed by the Attorney General's Office, and on how federal proposals affect the office's tools to protect consumers.