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The Telemarketing Scum Page index

... from the Telemarketing Scum Page
Most of these are general privacy links, including such things as responses to GLBA "Privacy Notice" letters

The Telemarketing Scum Page is being re-built. This website, started in 1996, had served its purpose well, but badly needs to be updated. The technology has changes, and some of the things that were considered rants in 1996 have either taken effect in the law or have resulted in telescum changing tactics (and losing business in the process).

So in updating this website, the original page is temporarily "Under Construction" as webpages used to say.

Sample Response Letters

These are sample letters to compose once, and send when served with a GLBA "privacy notice" letter. ("We value your privacy. That's why we are serving you this notice that we will not respect it. )

The GLBA is the "Graham Leach Bliley Act" (US). Together with miscellaneous other laws, the GLBA restricts how personal information can be used for marketing.

Sample Privacy Request Letter for making privacy requests under the GLBA (Graham-Leach- Bliley Act (US))
Sample Privacy Request Letter for Telecommunications for privacy requests directed to common carriers (under 47 USC 222 and the GLBA (US))

Addresses for Complaints concerning "do not call" and privacy violations. (Mostly US so-far, but will expand.)

Email Privacy - Standards for Protection of Email Address Information
Standards for respecting privacy when using personal email information. Email etiquette relating to email address information.
Other pages at this site   (yes, I know some of these repeat what's above)
Telecommunications and Internet Privacy
Vertical Litter (bandit signs)
Sharking HOWTOs - techniques for "sharking" bandit signs
Dealing with Junk Mail -
Make Sure You "Accurately" Fill Out Survey Forms -
Proved number for pay phones or overseas NANP numbers - (e.g., Carribean or Pacific Island numbers)
how to complaighhnnnn - Filing complaints
identifying corporate agents for filing legal claims, sending privacy notices and the like
Responding to a "Privacy Policy" Letter - Privacy Rights under the GLBA (US)
sample GLBA privacy notice response letter
in reply to being served with one of those GLBA Privacy Notice letters
Naming Individuals in Complaints
Naming Lawyers in Complaints -
Standards for Protection of Email Address Information
Results of submissions to The DMA Mail Preference Service (DMAchoice) -
privacy index page - (for bookmarks)

Abuse by Call Centers

repeat naming by call center operators and "Customer Contempt" operators
Repeatedly "calling" the caller's name (or person called) throughout the conversation (mostly for customer intimidation purposes)

GLBA (Sharing of Personal Information)

description of GLBA from EPIC
EPIC's reponse to a request for comments by the US Dept. of the Treasury

International Privacy

National Commercial Privacy Laws

European Union EU flag
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence. - European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Data Protection in the European Union (en)

Protectión de Datos en la Unión Europea (es)

General Index - European Union (en)

European Union Regulation on Protection of Individuals (relating to) Personal Data (EU policy) (en)

UK Data Protection Act of 1998 - This appears to be reflected in the EU's legislation.

European Telemarketing Regulations A directive of European Convention on Human Rights requires Member States to make a choice between banning completely direct marketing calls to "subscribers" without their prior consent, or banning them only to "subscribers" who do not wish to receive such calls.

The UK took the later route and made compliance with the UK Corporate Telephone Preference Service mandatory. This apparently also applies to calls to businesses.

United States
Please see the numerous listings relating to GLBA, HIPPA, and TCPA. In many cases "automatic" privacy is not provided for under US law and therefore the individual must "opt-out" of having data used for other than the explicit purpose for which the data was given.

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) - The GLBA is one part of the US privacy law. (en)

47 CFR § 222 - "Privacy of customer information" - This is a little-publicized law that prevents access to individually identifiable customer information for marketing purposes. This law dates back to 1934, but was updated to include "location" information (GPS and cellular based e-911 data).
This law will become increasingly important as carriers must seek permission prior to delivering targeted advertisements, in part because of the requirement to display "unique view hits" or account data. If this law is enforced, such targeted advertisements may be used, but only if they are optional as part of a payment scheme.

Google search, "privacy of customer information" - This search can be focused by typing a key word (e.g., telecommunications) in the search box after the quoted text.

the GWN

Privacy Commissioner of Canada (en, fr)

Commission Recognises Adequacy of Canadian Privacy Laws (en)

opinion on privacy in Canada and the US. This is presumably prior to PIPED (en)

Québec (fr)


Federal Privacy Law (Australia)

Telecommunications Privacy - The Interaction of the Privacy and Telecommunications Regulation by Holly Raiche (2001)



Israel - certain databases must be registered with Ministry of Justice; databases must be used only for purpose intended.

Mishrad haMishftim (Ministry of Justice) (y) - Protection of Privacy Law 5741-1981, 35 LSI 136, and section 7 of the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Freedom (5752-1992), administered by Registrar of Data Bases, Ministry of Justice, 6 Hillel Street, P.O. Box 2808, JM 91027; 972 2 625 56 50

privacy laws (starts on pg. 12) (en)

summary of privacy laws (en)

Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty (5752-1992, 12th Knesset) (y) (arb)
Summary (en)

Text of Basic Law (from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (en))
Availability of Information from Government Databases (en)

International Indexes (en)

Other Privacy
A business which, for a fee offers to send notification to most nationally franchised telemarketing scum (e.g., Olin Mills photography) to be placed on a "do not call" list.

samples, from Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (
SCN's Privacy and Security webpage

Supermarket customer tracking cards
Their emphasis is to refuse to participate at all. My opinion is that these customer tracking cards are presently causing more harm to the supermarkets that use them, and that bogus data is better than no data.

In some cases, identification is required. Most of the ones that require identification do so for cheque cashing purposes, so it is likely they have a procedure for non-verified cards without check cashing privileges.

"No National ID" website (
including State Driver's License data   One thing not mentioned -- cover the printed data with white label tape.

Electronic Privacy Information Center on Privacy from .
Good research on a number of topics, including the Graham-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).

Political (SMS) Text Spam and Unsolicited Spam Calls - dark web (sort-of)
The Numbers (the strategy of political spam) - dark web (sort-of)

Using the DMA Mail Preference Service (DMA Choice)

Results of using The DMA's Mail Preference Service (now called DMA Choice)
... and a reason to never give a business or organisation a direct email address

U.S. Postal Service Prohibitory Orders (Form 1500, US only)

A U.S. Postal Service Form 1500 Prohibitory Order is used to block commercial mail that the recipient finds offensive.
NOTE: Form 1500 describes "sexually oriented advertisements", but the US Supreme Court (Rowen v. USPS, 397 US 728 (1970)) stated this applies to all unwanted commercial mail. Regardless, the USPS never changed the wording of Form 1500, in order to discourage citizens from filing these Prohibitory Orders. The form may be submitted to a local post office manager or to the mail address listed on the form.
I'm not sure who the author is, but the model on his webpages is a lot more appealing than "Telemarketing Maddie" in my "no parking" sign logo.

Here is USPS Form 1500 (
Add your name to the top, initial block , check block 1a, open the offensive mailpiece and take it to the local post office.
The Telemarketing Scum Page's own description of USPS Form 1500.

The Telemarketing Scum Page
back to Counter-Telemarketing Tactics - (this site)

Pages Blocked from Search Results

Pages on this site that describe techniques for suppressing data harvesting of personal data are blocked by a widely used search engine.
(This relates primarily to suppression of data harvesting. General privacy-related pages on this site are not being blocked. Apparently, the people who run that particular search engine don't like people to publicise such techniques for suppression of data harvesting.)

The pages blocked from search results comprise:

Political (SMS) Text Spam and Unsolicited Spam Calls
The Numbers (the strategy of political spam)
Try searching < SMS> (without the angle brackets).
As nearly as I can tell, other pages, unrelated to suppression of data harvesting pages, are rendered according to the usual search algorithms. As of now, pages with links to the suppression of data harvesting do not appear to be blocked from search results, so it is just the pages themselves that are excluded from search results.

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site first posted November 3, 1996; reposted May, 1997.
This website can be found by searching for "The Telemarketing Scum Page" on a search engine.

rev 30-Apr-2018     copyright 1996, 2018 S. Protigal

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