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 Replies to “Contact details for sale”

  1. “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. “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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