| in UK, silent calls are illegal, and the originator can | suffer quite a large fine. | | If it isn't already, you could pester your councillor/senator/whatever | to have similar legislation passed there.
We actually have pretty good protection in the US, in theory. A few years ago there was a federal Do-Not-Call list and also a state version where I could register a complaint. Advertisers were not allowed to call registered numbers. Now the state version is closed and the federal version seems to be a joke, with no enforcement. I probably get 2-3 junk calls per day. I gave up complaining about them. I just use an answering machine with Caller ID.
Citizen protection from corporate exploitation has gone *way* downhill in the US. I just read the other day that Google lost an effort in Britan to stop Safari users from suing over privacy due to Google bypassing all cookie settings to track people.
Apparently they hacked a Safari bug to spy on people. Google claimed that resulting privacy lawsuits in Britain should be thrown out because the people spied on didn't lose any money! I thought that was a great example of the difference between European civility and American corporatocracy. It's classic American thinking: Anything that makes money can't be wrong.
Our allegedly liberal president Clinton pushed through NAFTA, which boils down to a free ticket for American corporations to exploit foregin labor and avoid American labor costs. Our allegedly liberal president Obama is now pushing a similar agreement in Asia. With friends like that, who needs Republican oligarchs?
We have a similarly problematic sitution with telephone service accounts. They're no longer regulated as a utility for all practical purposes. My own phone company is raising my rate next month. There's nothing I can do. I checked into it last time they raised the rate. They're free to set any rate they like. In theory I could switch to another company, but that company is Verizon and the two companies keep their offerings matched. As with highspeed cable, there isn't any real competition.
With both landlines and cellphones there's no longer any way to actually find out what the plans and prices are. There's no set price. It's all devolved into a flim flam operation, like used cars. They charge what they think they can get away with. Here in the colonies we have to depend on the civility of European law to police "cowboy" American corporations. It's our only hope. :)