BASKING RIDGE, N.J. July 14, 2011
Phonebooks.com has been working with Verizon Wireless to take a joint stance in addressing consumer privacy. Until a utilitarian solution can be found, Phonebooks.com will no longer display information associated with phone numbers that were originally issued as a mobile phone number.
Consumers should be vigilant in protecting their personal information, including mobile phone numbers, if they don’t want that information to become public. Documents such as county and property records, which include names and contact information, may contain their cell phone numbers. This information is often publicly available.
Phonebooks.com started offering information on cell phone numbers last August with a database of just over 2.4 million numbers.
"Visitors add information to our site daily, but we have struggled with authenticating that contributions are truly coming from the phone number’s owner," Rosenthal added. "Without the technology to determine consent, we have decided to err on the side of privacy and restrict our directory so that it no longer retrieves phone numbers originally issued as cellular numbers."
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