I have a personal problem that might relate to this.
I regularly get calls from telemarketers. I keep telling them I’m not interested and asking them not to call back. This works in most cases, except there is one place, something that has emerged in the last year, where it doesn’t work.
If someone sells a list, then you can tell the new owner of the list to not call, and they usually won’t. However, I am on one list that keeps getting sold over and over. Every time , someone calls me they tell me it’s the first time that this company has tried to call me. I have had hundreds of first time callers this year where they are trying to sell me some sort of financial service product.
I beleive them when they tell me that their company has never called me, but someone is making a lot of money reselling the same list to other telemarketers, who keep hearing the same story from me about having heard the same pitch hundreds of times.
Normally, when the same company calls me over and over I tell them this. “I have had a lot of people from your company call me about this product. I am not interested. You need to remove me from the list. I need you to tell youir supervisor to ensure that this happens.”
If the calls keep happening I add, “If I am not removed from youir list I will take it as an invitation to be abusive. You now have a duty of care to your colleagues to ensure that I am removed from the list.”
Now that I am getting a lot of calls from different companies I am saying, “You have a duty of care to tell the people you bought the list from that their clients will hear abuse from me.” But, this sadly has less imapct.
I’m saying all this because it is relevant to privacy. There needs to be a way to compel people to identify the source of the list, and to further compel the source to remove you from it, and share the request with everyone they sold it to. Preferably, all by just telling the person on the phone.