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 you a £1 to use their databases of mobile numbers which 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 which is pretty worrying for anyone that thought their mobile information was private, think many of us will be getting cold called unless you get yourself off the 118800 directory, what about parents that have children who have mobile phones?
It’s not making me too happy right now, just annoyed I got to waste time on taking myself off it, and members of my family, it should never be open for abuse. I am going to have a moan to my mobile service provider!?
ITN News Report:
Privacy campaigners have been angered by the whole thing, but it got the all-clear from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) which is terrible.
The ICO ruled that the system did comply with current law and was little different from companies who use such contact lists for cold calling, which in my eyes is why I don’t want my mobile number ringing from unsolicited companies.
118800 said that opting out of the service should be made easy for those not wanting their details to be used in the directory, but the sites down when I went to do it!
Make your own mind up if you unsubscribe and get “Your Number” off the directory listings!!