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QUESTION: Can my employer use my personal information to gain access to my personal cell phone account? I submit a portion of my bill for reimbursement, but the company does not "own" the account. Is it legal for them to access my account without my permission?

ANSWER: Your employer cannot gain info from your personal account. I guarantee you that. It is also not legal.  I hope this helps.

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QUESTION: Yes, can you point me in the direction of what laws or rights that action breaks/violates? Unfortunately, my employer did access my personal account utilizing my information given to them for benefits purposes (which I understand is a complete misappropriation of my personal information), but how do I address the issue after its already happened? I filed a complaint with the FCC because Verizon is the one who released the information. Is that the extent of my recourse?

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If your company pays the bill for your phone, they can access the account. No carrier is authorized to give someone who doesn't pay the bill access to an account. How do you think they were able to do it and do you have proof that they provided the info to your employer and what type of info was that?  You have the option of filing a claim against your employer also. You can consult an attorney who specializes in employment law but keep in mind hat you may not want to work for your company if you do this. I hope this helps.  

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I can answer questions on cellular phones, the physical device, the network, contracts, billing, ordering, porting and what to look for when purchasing cell phones. I am located in the United States. I am an expert on BlackBerrys, Treos, HTC devices and iPhones as well as cellphones and aircards. I have over 15 years of experience in both the wireless and wireline world with the carriers. I have a lot of knowledge regarding the wireless providers - their services, prices and policies, both GSM AT&T and T-Mobile) and CDMA (Verizon, Sprint/Nextel). I am very familiar with the individual devices and their specifications. I can also answer questions regarding BlackBerrys, iPhones and other PDAs, both Palm-based and Windows-based. I can troubleshoot most any problem someone is having with their cellular device or with the provider.

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Over 20 years in the Telecom industry working for the carriers with individuals, small business, medium business and large corporations(Fortune 500). Also worked as a professor in Maryland for 10 years teaching telecommunications.

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Master's in Telecommunications

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Received several awards for papers that I have published over the years

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