09 December 2012

National Do-Not-Call Registry

The Government is reviewing the need for a free telephone book
after the passing of Singapore's Data Protection Bill
in Parliament on 15 October 2012.

With data privacy a major issue,
the free listing of fixed-line subscribers' phone numbers
and addresses in phone books, on CDs and online,
is under renewed scrutiny.

The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA)
is now proposing that telcos no longer need to
publish telephone directories,
either in physical media or in electronic form.

IDA wants telcos to stop charging customers to
"unlist" their phone numbers from the directory,
saying it is a similar position to that taken by
the European Union.

Good bye to all those unsolicited telephone calls,
especially when they are directed to our mobile phones
while we are abroad.


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