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Caller ID -> person mapping
>>Anonymous? Not at all!!! And here's why.
>>Whenever you call a 1-800 number, your phone number is captured and
>>forwarded to the company for billing purposes.
>Absolutely correct!! So be sure to call the 800 number from a pay phone. This
>brings up a point, though. Wouldn't it be risky to build a database using
>caller-id for something like HIV status? Who knows whose phone you are calling
>from. If they don't have your name, they can't be sure who called from any
>Just a thought...
You raise a valid point. The answer to your first question, "isnt' it risky
to build a database on CallerID numbers" is clearly Yes. Mapping a Phone
number to an individual can be fraught with difficulties, i.e. multiple people
living at the same residence, calling from business phones, etc.
However, the follow-up question is: Will that stop them from building such
a database? I doubt it. Databases have been built on far flimsier and less
Marketers think in terms of "response rate" and mapping a phone number to an
address is quite easy. This would be a way to create yet another mailing
list of "higher risk" HIV people, though I have no evidence that this is
being done (yet?).
I wonder if there is a press story in there ....