•   about 8 years ago

STOP companies from selling their customer database.

There needs to be a law that stops companies from selling their customer database. A couple of weeks ago I “waited” for the Robo-Call recording to stop and then I got a live person. I started to ask questions BEFORE she had a chance to “sell” me something. One of the questions was, “How did you get my name and phone number.” She told me that they get most of the information from companies that “SELL” their customer database to other companies (I reported this in full to the “Do Not Call Registry”).
A couple of years ago I got a “collection” call for a past due bill that they claimed was from Verizon. They demanded me to “pay the bill today” or they would proceed with legal action against me. That drew a red flag to me. First of all, I moved from one town to another that was over 10 years earlier BUT I still have Verizon for my long distance carrier, and if I did owe them the claimed amount of money, I would think that Verizon would of cancelled my account for non-payment. I contacted the New York State Attorney General and filed a complaint. I told them the name of the company, Afni Collections, and the AG said that they were well aware of this companies practices. The AG then told me that they “buy” customers databases from companies when they become available for sale.
With a law to prohibit companies from selling their databases, then it will also help stop some of the junk we get in our emails and in the postal system, although the Post Office won’t like it.

  • 4 comments

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    Agree but the FTC will not do that as its bad for business or some politician, I will just leave it at that.

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    Honestly, that is the real solution. Currently, companies are legally supposed to disclose that they can and will sell your personal contact information. We know how well that has been working.

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    Interesting first step. Robo callers would simply switch to random dialing in selected area codes.

  •   •   about 8 years ago

    The government has allowed this practice to happen. Contact your Congress person and demand that they work on a bill that makes it illegal for companies to sell YOUR information to third parties and insist that they act quickly and get it passed. And it could include personal information such as credit and financial information too. You don’t know what they will do behind your back no matter what they tell you. This practice can also includes possible fraud activities that are passed onto third parties and then sold to fourth party and so on and on.

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