After speculation arose about the handling of call records by data brokers, the FCC required that numerous U.S. telecom carriers provide their security practices and uses of caller records. The FCC has standards that help protect cellular phone users and the personal phone calls they make through their carrier. Each telecom service provider is responsible for keeping their customer's personal call records safe.
To demonstrate they are taking this issue very seriously, Alltel has been accused of not providing them with a certificate only a statement about how they used customer records. A fine of $100,000 has been proposed because of the company's failure to comply with the rule.
A February 6, 2006 deadline has also been set for other carriers to provide their latest certificates. Along with the certificate, they must also have the written statement.