Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Oct 2012 23:06 UTC
Internet & Networking "With the fate of our beloved internet economy allegedly at stake, perhaps it's a good time to examine what Do Not Track is. How did the standard came to be, what does it do, and how does it stand to change online advertising? Is it as innocuous as privacy advocates make it sound, or does it stand to jeopardize the free, ad-supported internet we've all come to rely on?" Do Not Track is inherently flawed because it gives people a false sense of security. Other than perhaps well-known and accountable sites, nobody's going to abide by it anyway. We don't need nonsense like DNT - we need to educate people about that 'private browsing' button. Everybody's already using it for porn anyway; shouldn't be hard to let people know what other things it can be used for.
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Even if legally they must respect it, you have no way to prove whether a company did or did not.

That's why they allow you to report an unsolicited call, isn't it?
I'm sure the government has just about any advertiser's number in their own database, so just about any sales call you get and notify them of they can probably easily track.

I do agree that the Do Not Call registry is not as good as it could be, because ANYTHING that is not considered advertisement (telemarketing) is allowed. Which unfortunately includes survey companies, charities and political organizations--but if you tell them not to call, they *should* listen (who knows if they will or not though).

But theoretically, a telemarketer *must* listen, because they're just opening themselves up to potential trouble if they don't and they end up calling back. I have received a grand total of One telemarketing call in the last year that I had my current phone and number, which was earlier this year (it was a Spanish-spoken recording). I immediately reported the number, not sure if it really had much of an effect or not (you can never tell), but I never heard from that number since. Then again, it's a cell phone and I don't give its number to everyone.

But by putting your number on the list, you are, in fact, making it directly available to the telemarketers... but really, they probably have every U.S. phone number there is anyway (probably buy them from phone companies, government organizations and other businesses), so what difference does it make, other than if you're on the list they have liability? The bad thing would be the "allowed" unsolicited callers buying the list and using it to conduct their business, but I really haven't got any political or survey calls either--except one survey call, to one of my Google Voice numbers, which I determined to be a company that does business with my bank. Called once, I didn't even know till half a month later because my phone never rang: they hung up as soon as GV asked them for their name.

My understanding is that the telemarketers are supposed to buy the list of numbers and obey it by adding all of the numbers to their database of numbers to NOT call. If they don't, they can get in trouble.

Edited 2012-10-13 00:54 UTC

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