October 5, 2006
Jefferson City, Mo. — Attorney General Jay Nixon recently obtained a permanent injunction against a Cedar Hills, Utah-based Web site and its operators, prohibiting the company from obtaining or selling the cell phone records of Missourians. The Cole County Circuit Court also ordered the operators of Completeskiptrace.com to pay $4,000 to the state. Nixon sued the operators of Completeskiptrace.com on Feb. 21, saying they violated Missouri consumer protection laws by offering for sale and selling consumers' private phone records.
Missouri has been a national leader in taking action against Web sites that illegally obtain and cell phone records. In February, Nixon became the first state Attorney General to obtain a court order imposing a statewide ban on an Internet business that sells cell phone records after his aggressive actions resulted in a preliminary injunction against Locatecell.com.
Nixon also has filed lawsuits against two other such Web sites, Datatraceusa.com and NAInfo.com to prevent them from doing business in Missouri. Datatraceusa.com is currently under a court order not to engage in the sale of cell phone records, while Nixon obtained an assurance of voluntary compliance with NAInfo.com to prohibit them from doing the same on June 15.
“This ruling further illustrates my office's commitment to protecting the privacy concerns of Missouri consumers from Internet businesses that sell private cell phone information without the owners' consent,” Nixon said. “We have gone to court four times to stop the dissemination of such information in our state, and remain ready to act against other businesses that provide such services.”
The permanent injunction signed today by Circuit Judge Thomas J. Brown III prohibits Completeskiptrace.com and owner Rob Schroader from: