The Independent reports:
The announcement of the first directory enquiries service for mobile phones today provoked fears for the privacy of those on its database. […]
Connectivity, the company behind the service, said the 15 million numbers “generally” came from companies which collect them from customers in the course of business and which had permission to share those numbers.
At no time would the mobile numbers be disclosed, Connectivity said, adding that only people verified as being over 18 are included in its directory.
But Simon Davies, of Privacy International, said many people on the directory would have unwittingly agreed to have their number circulated by, for example, failing to tick a box on a market research form.