Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Privacy Issues

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    usj27
    Posts
    7,688

    Privacy Issues

    Can we take action against companies and corporation if they 'distribute' our personal data to other companies...

    Of late, I have been getting tons of sms advertisements for all sorts of events and offers.. I don't even go to pubs but am get invites to go boozing...

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Ipoh, Serdang
    Posts
    527
    Quote Originally Posted by USJ27Resident
    Can we take action against companies and corporation if they 'distribute' our personal data to other companies...

    Of late, I have been getting tons of sms advertisements for all sorts of events and offers.. I don't even go to pubs but am get invites to go boozing...

    The companies get your personal info from entry forms for credit cards, Astro, contests, bank loans, mag subscriptions etc etc. If you look closely at the agreement you will notice that these companies have the right to do whatever they want with your info, including selling the info.

    One way to deal with these is to ask your telco to block all incoming SMS from the 5 digit numbers. I already did with mine and I can say that I'm 99% successful.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Somewhere around here
    Posts
    12,564
    Its my belief, financial institutions are trading our contact details for marketing purposes. Over the years, I've been getting phone calls via cellphone or housephone by sales chicks and guys regarding credit facilities and new charge card. WHenever I ask where the heck my phone number and details came from, they stutter, hesitate and say it came from phone directory. The answer is somewhat similar from all the callers. There's issues gone VERY WRONG in this country and all these issues are going on without the gahmen addressing it. Could say they likely cahoots with them.
    This is cowboy country till I go to my grave.. TRUST ME!.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Ipoh, Serdang
    Posts
    527
    In fact even your own telco sells your information. Bet my bottom dollar on that!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    UEP Subang Jaya
    Posts
    5,867
    There is this act.... but not sure sudah pass belum....

    "The Personal Data Protection Act was supposed to be enacted by 2004,[44] but has been repeatedly delayed. The bill has been submitted to the Attorney-General Chambers.[45] The legislation promises to regulate the transfer of consumer data to third-parties by institutions whether during the collection, use or further processing of the data. Under the Act, the type of data that could be disclosed to third parties and those which required the owner's permission before it could be released, would be clearly specified.[46] The proposed law sets out nine data protection principles governing the collection, use, disclosure, accuracy, retention, access to and security of personal data. If enacted, it will establish a government-appointed data protection commissioner with the power to monitor and enforce compliance, promote public awareness of the law, encourage trade bodies to prepare industry codes of practice; and cooperate with counterparts in foreign countries.[47] Proposed penalties for violating the law will include punitive fines of up to MYR 250,000 (~USD 65,790) and imprisonment for up to 12 years for a serious offense.[48]"

    http://www.privacyinternational.org/...5D=x-347-83539

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    somewhere out there
    Posts
    1,564
    And also when you register yourself in exibition booth or even at the registration counter or any marketing promo, thats where all your info. When I register, I would always put a false mobile number. And even IC or house details all I put false.

    At times, marketing company are smart, they just throw a gimmick that all those who filled up the form will stand a chance to win a prize...

    Once, a bank called me, promoting their personal loan. When I ask how they got my contact details, they just mentioned from their research team. Then I just ask him, does your research team knows that I am a staff? Then the telemarketeer just apologize and then we end the conversation

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    USJ
    Posts
    334
    I know one school which share Form 5 students with private colleges. That is bad news. The worser news is that these half past six colleges seem to originate from obscure towns like those in Melaka and Negri Sembilan. I have two kids who had left that school (2004 and 2006) and I have received flyers from the same college for both of them. May be it is someone working in that school who has access to the student records and is selling those information to these colleges.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    3,850
    I chatted with one lady marketeer who got my mobile no. Their company paid RM0.50 for each mobile number they got from property developer, banks, even mobile telecom companies.

    I suspect this info was sold without the approval or knowledge of management.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    KL
    Posts
    533
    Quote Originally Posted by AaronOng
    The companies get your personal info from entry forms for credit cards, Astro, contests, bank loans, mag subscriptions etc etc. If you look closely at the agreement you will notice that these companies have the right to do whatever they want with your info, including selling the info.

    One way to deal with these is to ask your telco to block all incoming SMS from the 5 digit numbers. I already did with mine and I can say that I'm 99% successful.
    so need to call the telco to ask them to block the 5 digit sms? anyway to prevent calling the telco? dont want to get the answering machine...

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Ipoh, Serdang
    Posts
    527
    Quote Originally Posted by tbearer
    so need to call the telco to ask them to block the 5 digit sms? anyway to prevent calling the telco? dont want to get the answering machine...

    Yes you can call the telco to block ALL 5 digit numbers from sending spam or rubbish to your phone. Note that you will have initial trouble to reach them first, recording laa, ding dong ding dong laaa, message laaa... but once you get through to a homo sapien just let the feller know. No need to give face. Block all the bloody 5 digit numbers! You will need to do this a few times cuz the telco tend to conveniently "forget".

    If the spam still get through, threaten the telco that you will switch to another network. That'll do the trick.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    USJ
    Posts
    334
    Asking your telco service providers to bar all sms coming from 5 digit numbers sources can be a double edge sword. You on the other hand cannot send out sms or reply to the 5 digit senders. Although MAXIS seem to be able to block out about 50,000 numbers, unfortunately they are unable to do anything with those starting with the first digit 6. They told me usually those starting with 6 are sent out by financial instituitions. So imagine you receive a sms saying that you have won RM 10,000 in prize money from a bank and if you don't confirm by sms your acceptance within the next 3 minutes, your monetary reward will be given to others. So you LPPL.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Somewhere around here
    Posts
    12,564
    Anyway, I'm NOT guillible to prize money sms's and what nots. I know I'm NOT eligible for any winnings for reasons best known to myself. Whenever I receive calls say from some financial institution or scammer, never mind, I pick up and try to be nice. If the caller speaks Mandarin?..I'll blurt back and say I no speaking Mandalin. If from bank, I'd say I hate that particular bank and won't have any dealings with it ever. Another is I've just no intention of any credit card ever, cash is king!. No money, no shopping. Simple!.. the caller certainly waste his/her time on me.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    USJ
    Posts
    6,964
    Quote Originally Posted by MasterQ
    ..So imagine you receive a sms saying that you have won RM 10,000 in prize money from a bank..
    Of course that is a scam or a phish. A more important 5-digit SMS from your bank would be a reminder to pay up your credit card dues. That is a valid reason to not block bank SMS numbers.

    By the way, can't you block the 5-digit numbers yourself? Just reply to the offending 5-digit number with one word STOP or STOP ALL. That used to be the standard way to block spams from unwanted 5-digit numbers

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •