More Privacy to be Lost

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  1. As usual with these things if you don't want you're number to be listed you have to 'Opt Out'.

    Mobile phone directory to launch

    A company will begin offering a directory service from next week that allows people to find the mobile phone numbers of people they don't know.

    Run by 118800, it will cost £1 and use databases of numbers it said are freely available for purchase and in the public domain.

    Anyone searching for a number can type the name and location of the person into the 118800 website.

    It claims to have some 15m numbers in its database.

    118800 says it gets numbers from three sources. First, market research companies who contact individuals and ask if they would be prepared to allow their numbers to be used for commercial purposes.

    Second, from online businesses who often ask customers to tick boxes during the normal course of online transactions.

    Thirdly, 118800 gets them from brokers who buy and sell lists of phone numbers.

    118800 says it has about 15m phone numbers on its databases which is just a fraction of.... Read More