Getting phone calls you do not want is not something new, it’s been happening for years on landlines and now we’re in 2011 the problem seems to have gone from bad to worse. You hear the phone ring and you left it at the other end of your home, run a mile and when you get there someone is trying to sell you something, and you can hardly understand them.
The growth of cell phones has been amazing and while nuisance calls are not as bad on mobile devices, they’re still there and for some a text message promoting something is a lot worse. You will be glad to hear that help is at hand, and this is thanks to the “Do not call register” that you will find in many countries including the UK, U.S. and India.
When you start to wonder why so many companies are calling you, and start to think how they got your number in the first place, a quick Google search will provide a lot of insight into the many ways these companies find your details. Your details can be passed on so easily, from that new magazine subscription that you forget to tell them not to pass on your details to 3rd parties to many other services that have a little box in small writing, some times an opt in and others an opt out, just to confuse you.
For our United States readers, you can visit the Federal Trade Commission website and read what the FTC are already doing to help you. This includes setting regulations that prohibit many telemarketing companies from targeting your cell phone. The FTC also runs a Do Not Call Registry, which telemarketers have to search every 31 days to make sure you’re not on it. You can read more about this here.
India has really changed when it comes to these types of phone calls; they plan on releasing some sweeping changes from next month that aid their Do Not Call rules.
In India the consumer has been hit hard with unwanted mobile phone calls, and now India will push more blame to the telecommunications industry. If they find the Do Not Call list is being violated, telecom companies could be in for big fines. According to this article, there are 97 million people on the do not call list in India and their privacy should be respected, which is what we also expect in the U.S. and UK.
Are you on the do not call list and do you think more changes should be made to punish companies that break the rules?