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An Outrageous Breach of Privacy [Comic]

Privacy Breach [Manu Cornet – Bonkers World Blog]

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  • Published 09/6/12

Comments (8)

  1. LadyFitzgerald

    It would be outrageous if your number, etc. was supposed to be unlisted/unpublished.

  2. xana452

    This… Brilliant.

  3. Jeremy

    It’s true…Up until the last decade nobody would have thought twice about their name, number and address being listed in the phonebook. Now it does seem like a huge security risk.

  4. Superevil

    Is there any reason why anyone with an internet connection would still need a phonebook other than to use it as a booster seat for shorter people?

  5. keltari

    @LadyFitzgerald – unlisted/unpublished numbers are the biggest and oldest scam done by the phone companies. When you pay for an “unlisted” number, you are simply paying the phone company not to publish it in their “white pages” that they give out to the public for free. However, the phone companies sell everyone’s name, number, and address to marketing companies. They make loads of money off of this.

    Same thing goes for the ridiculous caller ID block that people pay for. If you call me from a number thats blocked, all I have to do is call my phone company and ask for your number. They have the information, its required by law and they use it for billing purposes. Some phone companies will ask you to pay a fee to get the information, but if you press hard enough they will give it to you.

  6. Asumodeusu


    You can also use a phonebook to slap someone across the face, quite effective for annhilating your target.

  7. LadyFitzgerald

    @ keltari. When did I say I paid to have my number unlisted/unpublished? True, people can still get your phone number if they try hard enough but there is no point in making it easy for them.

  8. Me

    This directory is only for land lines anyway. Cell phones are unlisted. My guess is people with land lines may still need this…

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