Cell Phone Tele-marketing? Could Happen...

All cell-phone users should be interested in the following legislation. Those that don't use cell- phones but are concerned about the continuing erosion of privacy in the lives of American citizens should look beyond the fact that the underlying issue does not affect them directly and support the legislation.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today reintroduced legislation to protect wireless telephone customers from having their cellular phone numbers listed in a national directory without their consent.

Approximately 150 million Americans subscribe to wireless telephone service. The wireless phone industry is planning to list customers in a wireless phone directory starting as early as this year.

Boxer said, "As a cellular phone user myself, I know that people value the privacy of their cell phone number and rely on their phones to keep in touch with their families, work, and in cases of emergency. It should be the consumer’s decision to list their number in a directory, and they shouldn’t be charged a fee to keep that number unlisted."

The Specter-Boxer Wireless Privacy Act would protect consumers by providing them with the right not to have their cell-phone number listed in the directory and the right not to be charged a fee for being unlisted.

Specter said, "The wireless industry is on the verge of introducing a ‘wireless white pages’ service, and though this step could have positive benefits, it raises concerns about how consumers’ expectation of privacy will be protected. This legislation strikes an important balance-enabling those consumers who want to be reached to be accessible, while providing privacy protections that are important to consumers."
To show support for the legislation please contact Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and/or Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA). This is not a partisan issue as evidenced by the co-sponsors. It is a common- sense approach to a problem that everybody, regardless of Party, will have to tangle with if the legislation does not pass.

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