Watching the Detectives and the MPAA Kill Proposed California Anti-Pretext Statute
Sounds like old news. Well yes, but with some new information via Wired News Ryan Singel.
Drawn up prior to the unauthorized pre-texting of phone records belonging to journalists that were receiving leaked information from a H-P board member, the bill would have prohibited private investigators from making "false, fictitious or fraudulent" statements to obtain calling records or financial info about individuals. Aggreived individuals would have had the right to sue.
It was at that point where the bill received a much less enthusiastic reception in the California Assembly. The measure failed 27-33, replaced by a narrower version of the bill banning deceit to obtain phone records.
What brought this on?
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse lobbyist Lenny Goldberg claims the MPAA was behind this declawing.
"The MPAA has a tremendous amount of clout and they told legislators, 'We need to pose as someone other than who we are to stop illegal downloading,'" Goldberg tells Wired News.
Some private investigators also opposed the measure.
In fact, the California Association of Licensed Investigators opposed the bill because it was too vague and was belived to rob private detectives of tools they could use to investigate insurance fraud, child support cases and missing children.
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