I’ve always hated telemarketing calls. The Government of Canada is supposedly implementing a “Do Not Call” registry. I say supposedly because turtles move faster, and the proposed registry has holes – for instance political parties are exempted. Curious that.
Dr. Michael Geist has decided to do something about this. He set up a web site, http://www.ioptout.ca/ where Canadians can sign up to opt out from telemarketing calls, using the Canadian Privacy Legislation to also target those who were exempted from the Federal Do Not Call Registry. I signed up today, as soon as I found out about it.
For an further background I’d suggest checking out Dr. Geist’s blog at http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/blogsection/0/125/ and also check out a blog posting by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at http://blog.privcom.gc.ca/index.php/2008/03/28/ioptout/. Both the Globe and Mail (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080328.wroptoutticker28/BNStory/Technology/home/) and the CBC (http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2008/03/28/tech-telemarketing.html) have articles on the initiative.