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More than 600,000 phone numbers listed on DNC Registry

More than 600,000 telephone numbers have been registered with the Do Not Call Registry since its launch in January this year.

SINGAPORE: More than 600,000 telephone numbers have been registered with the Do Not Call Registry since its launch in January this year.

More than three quarters of users who listed their numbers have blocked all calls, text messages and faxes, while the others have blocked one or two of these.

According to a poll of 1,000 consumers, 70 per cent of them said they noticed a drop in the number of telemarketing messages received.

60 per cent of the consumers polled saw improvements in organisations' practices, with firms seeking users' consent and including their contact information in the telemarketing messages sent.

The poll was conducted in March by the Personal Data Protection Commission, which administers the Do Not Call (DNC) Registry.

In a separate survey conducted with companies, 80 per cent of firms that engage in telemarketing said they were aware of the DNC provisions that came into effect early this year.

About 160 million checks have been made so far.
 

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