Thursday, December 02, 2004

Do Not Call list

I recently received a message at work suggesting I register my cell phone number in the DO NOT CALL LIST.

"The national directory of cell phone numbers is about to be published. Once this happens telemarketers will have access to your cell phone number! In addition to being a disruption, these calls will also use your cellular minutes.

If you wish to avoid this, register your cell number on the National Do Not Call list
, managed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, as soon as possible. You can do this by going on-line to <> or by calling 888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to register."

I will not be registering my number with the DO NOT CALL list.
There have been a lot of legal challenges to the whole notion of the do not call list and I feel like there is a chance that the list will be given to telemarketers eventually.
I don't like the idea of the gov't having my numbers in a database. Our protectors have been known to slip up and post information on web sites by accident. Plus, an enterprising gov't employee making $9 an hour may copy the database and sell it to an unscrupulous telemarketer.
From the best I can tell the cell phone directory is years away and will be "opt-in" meaning you will need to give your cell phone carrier permission to publish your number. It will also be a directory service where you have to call an operator and ask for a specific number instead of a phone book that people can copy from.
My $.02,