Saint Paul, Minnesota (PressExposure) October 23, 2009 -- Privacy Advocates Want to Shut Down Cell Phone Directory
An outcry from privacy advocates led to the closure of a major online cellular phone directory, leaving people trying to find a cell phone number online in a lurch.
Itelius, which claimed to have half the cell phone numbers in America, was shut down following criticism from the major cellular service carriers and their customers.
The company stated that their service was simply ahead of its time, and perhaps it was. And privacy experts called it a victory.
Joseph Ridout, consumer services manager of the advocacy group Consumer Action, said it was a "relief" to hear that Intelius "has put the brakes on one of their anti-privacy initiatives."
But until it is the time for a mobile phonebook, the hurdles to finding a cell phone number are many. Try it now, see if you can find your own phone number on the Internet -- not so easy now is it?
Most people go straight to Google or Yahoo in their search, but since most people with a cell phone are somewhat technology savvy, they probably don't put their number right online so everyone and anyone can see it.
Facebook and MySpace are sometimes a help, but then people searching for a phone number will probably need to be their friends anyway -- and if you're their why wouldn't you already have their number?
After Intelius went under, many other phone number lookup tools became popular, but the difference between these tools and the cellular phone directory, is that the numbers found with these services are already available to everyone because they are public records.
Information that once meant a trip to the courthouse and a stack of paperwork is now easily available online for dirt cheap.
These cellular phone search sites are fast and accurate, it's a wonder that privacy advocates haven't pounced on them since so much information is available online at the touch of a button.
Try them out, see for yourself what kind of public records you have or use the services as a quick an easy cell phone number book.