It seems that I have led a very sheltered life, and been lucky - possibly because, being of a somewhat bolshie disposition, I object when suppliers demand unnecessary, personal information. And I tend to order stuff by 'phone after finding it on-line. Perhaps this is the secret.
Anyway; all these posts have peeked my curiosity and I have been doing a bit digging (is that sad, or what?) and have discovered that the Mad Penguin's cynicism is warranted. Here are my results:
Quoted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone_Preference_Service
“The [TPS] service is paid for by the direct marketing industry. There is a similar service for corporate users, the Corporate Telephone Preference Service (CTPS).”
“….a survey by Which? found that people registered on the TPS list received twice as many marketing calls as those not on the list.”
“A spokesman for the Direct Marketing Association—who run the TPS—said in July 2012 that it had received a dramatic increase in complaints from telephone subscribers cold-called by telemarketing firms, and that some firms simply chose to ignore the rules. The DMA sent between 1,000-2,000 complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office each month, yet no penalty fines had been imposed in at least 18 months.”
Quoted from: http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/whatistps.html
“Do I need to renew my subscription with the TPS?
No, the service is intended for live telephone numbers. As such, provided your telephone number remains active it will remain registered with this free service.”
Quoted from: http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/news1.html
“We will not contact you again in relation to your registration (unless you have number(s) registered with the Corporate TPS, where we will contact you annually by email to renew your subscription - this is still a free service).”(Lists ~20 of many similar, unregulated services)
“TPS is the only official Opt Out service that companies are required to abide by under the UK law and that is regulated by Ofcom.”http://corporate.tpsonline.org.uk/
“The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a list of consumers (including Sole Traders and Partnerships, except in Scotland) who have registered their wish not to receive unsolicited direct marketing calls.”
“Cost to obtain the file
- Subscriptions can be purchased on an Annual or Ad-Hoc basis. Please see our price list for more information.”http://corporate.tpsonline.org.uk/index.php/tps/cost
“Licensee Cost Breakdown
The tables below detail the costs involved for the different types of licence available.” [Extract:]
|Annual (Full) Licence: £2640 |
Now what company would pay ~£k in order not to be able to sell you something?
And for the real worriers; grab your comfort blanket and visit these websites: On PayPal
"Do you have a significant amount of uncompleted e-commerce sales or the online shopping cart abandonments?”http://annystudio.com/misc/losing-customers-because-of-paypal/On Sharing your personal information
As a result of contributors' posts to this topic, I am becoming paranoid about privacy. Thanks a lot!