Not By Deceptive Means

The US Senate has passed a new law that would make it illegal to get your hands on phone number if you got them by being deceptive. That’s great. However I noticed that this only came up after the whole Hewlitt Packard problem that was going on. I somehow doubt it had much to do with the average consumer and their rights. This new law would ban people from buying and selling mass amounts of phone numbers without the consumers permission. Seems like another slam against those pesky telemarketers.

Currently there is no law against the practice. The issue came under public scrutiny when Hewlett-Packard Co. admitted that its investigators obtained telephone records of board members, employees and journalists without their permission as the company tried to find out who was leaking sensitive information.

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