-=PCTechTalk=- Re: telemarketerr - I loved this!
- From: "Angela Cooke" <angela.cooke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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- Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2003 10:44:33 +0100
OOOOOOOCH!! http://www.geocities.com/locustchewed/outanabout.html "Everybody's normal till you get to know them." - John Ortberg ----- Original Message ----- From: cris To: PCTechTalk Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2003 11:47 PM Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- telemarketerr - I loved this! This is from spyware weekly - for those who don't get it - Telemarketers Forced To Change Phone Number Permlink | Top The US DoNotCall registry is unavailable and currently is not accepting new numbers. This is due to the decision by US Federal judge Edward Nottingham that telemarketers have a constitutional right to advertise products over the telephone. According to Nottingham, for the government to enforce the wishes of people who explicitly do not wish to be called would violate the rights of telemarketers. I for one am proud to live in a nation where the right of telephone spammers to harass people is more important than two acts of Congress, the approval of the President of The United States, and the collective wish of 50 million citizens. It's things like that which make me proud to be an American. Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry published the telephone number of a telemarketing company a few weeks ago. The company whose number Barry published is one of those fighting the enforcement of the DoNotCall list. So many people called the number that the company was forced to disconnect it. Supposedly it took nearly a week for a staffer to go through all the voicemail looking for messages not from Barry's readers. In light of the legal developments surrounding the DoNotCall registry, Barry has written another column about it. And yes, he once again published the number of the telespammer company. As I write these words, lawyers and politicians and lobbyists and judges are swarming all over the telemarketing issue, so I don't know what the legal status of the Do Not Call registry will be when you read this column. But it appears that the telemarketers plan to continue their efforts to save the planet by fighting for the right to call people who do not want to be called. I realize that this makes many of you angry. I realize that many of you would like to, once again, let the telemarketers know how you feel. And I am, frankly, tempted to reveal to you here that the American Teleservices Association (www.ataconnect.org) seems to have a phone line working (at least for now) at 317-816-9336. But would it be right to reveal this? I mean, yes, you could call the ATA again. But the ATA surely doesn't WANT you to call again. It's inconvenient! And to insist on calling somebody who doesn't want to be called, even if you have the legal right to call, well, that's just plain rude. So I am taking the high road. Read the rest of this at The Miami Herald I can only comment that it's too bad it wasn't a toll-free 800 number. In that case, the company would have been forced to pay for the phone calls. If you would like to share your opinion of telemarketing with the American Teleservices Association, but find that they have had their new number disconnected, perhaps you could try calling other telemarketing companies. There are two whole pages full of telespammer call centers and their telephone numbers right here (and mirrored here in case someone "accidently" removes that page). Go forth and exercise your First Amendment rights. Links: http://www.spywareinfo.com/stuff/telespammers.txt :: Mirror of the call center phone numbers http://www.law.du.edu/judicial_clerkships/USEdwardNottingham.html :: Judge Nottingham http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/living/columnists/dave_barry/6934584.htm :: So what's their hang-up? http://www.salesvantage.com/Telemarketing_Call_Centers/telemarketing_call_centers.shtml :: Call center numbers To unsub or change your email settings: http://www.freelists.org/webpage/pctechtalk To access our Archives: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PCTechTalk/messages/ http://www.freelists.org/archives/pctechtalk/ For more info: http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/list?list_id=pctechtalk To unsub or change your email settings: http://www.freelists.org/webpage/pctechtalk To access our Archives: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PCTechTalk/messages/ http://www.freelists.org/archives/pctechtalk/ For more info: http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/list?list_id=pctechtalk