Contact details for sale

Via Techcrunch.

It’s not just your email address that’s being sold to spammers, it seems. Your phone number, address, job title … it’s all for sale, if someone has ‘dobbed you in’.

jigsawlogoA new web startup called Jigsaw buys and sells all contact details. Members get paid $1 for providing the contact details of a person, and according to TechCrunch, some people have uploaded tens of thousands of contacts.

What a huge incentive for someone who works at a phone company, or a bank. Indeed, if you were any kind of manager responsible for staff, you’d be at risk of a rogue employee making your details public. I can’t imagine that people like Steve Ballmer would stand much of a chance of privacy once a site like Jigsaw got a hold of their contact details.

Disposable mobile numbers, anyone? }

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4 thoughts on “Contact details for sale

  1. james erb

    “It’s not just your email address that’s being sold to spammers, it seems. Your mobile phone number, home address … it’s all for sale…”

    You essentially set up a lie by implying that “it’s all for sale” at Jigsaw.

    It can’t be.

    Jigsaw doesn’t collect home addreses and mobile numbers. There are ethical questions with all data. I appreciate that sentiment, but lies don’t usually win arguments.

  2. james erb

    “It’s not just your email address that’s being sold to spammers, it seems. Your mobile phone number, home address … it’s all for sale…”

    You essentially set up a lie by implying that “it’s all for sale” at Jigsaw.

    It can’t be.

    Jigsaw doesn’t collect home addreses and mobile numbers. There are ethical questions with all data. I appreciate that sentiment, but lies don’t usually win arguments.

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