The Guardian UK reports that a commercial service “which allows connection to millions of mobile phone numbers in an online directory has been suspended, just weeks after it was launched. TheÂ 118 800 service, which charges up to Â£1 to put people in touch with a mobile number from its list, went live in June. Since then it has been deluged with people trying to remove their details from the system.”
The number of removal requests seem to have overwhelmed the system, as the company has said it will not accept further requests until the service resumes. Until then, “We will not be taking ex-directory requests by phone or text whilst the service is not operational,” the company said.
“The site had caused concerns about privacy after it emerged it was making available details of 15m mobile phone numbers it had bought from market researchers and list brokers,” the Guardian reports.