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Privacy concerns at center of wireless telephone directory

industry itself. I submit it would be far better for the industry to abandon this needless idea.”

Though you will have to opt-in to the directory, call your wireless carrier to confirm that your cell phone number is not inadvertently listed. But here’s the catch: Current cell phone contracts require you to accept inclusion in the directory. However, carriers say they won’t hold consumers to this clause. For extra protection, go to www.donotcall.gov and place your cell phone number on the Do Not Call list. For step-by-step instructions on how to opt out, read “Sign Me Up” in Shopsmart, May 2004. Then write your legislators and the FCC (www.fcc.gov) and request that the opt-in policy remain for years to come.

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