Directory of Mobiles

Techdirt reopens the debate on having a central mobile phone directory.

a new study suggesting that 52% of users would opt-in to such a directory if it had some privacy protection (just what kind of protection is not described and could make a huge difference). 11% would opt-in even without privacy protection.

Of course, as Techdirt point out, the study was commissioned by a consultancy with a very vested interest.

To be honest, I can’t see what the fuss is about, provided you can opt out (go ex-directory) and privacy is rigorously enforced. As the mobile becomes the main contact number (the only contact number for many) it makes sense that people with a legitimate reason can find them.

What is odd is the proposal:

The folks behind it have done a very odd sort of agreement on this, suggesting they could make it “opt-in,” but that you will have to pay if you don’t want to be included. In other words, a new fee could simply start showing up on your bill, and the way to get rid of it, would be to give out your mobile phone number.

No, no, no. No. No. Silly and annoying.

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