www.donotcall.gov is the official FTC site where one can register to “opt out” of telemarketing phone calls. It’s a nice idea, but done the wrong way.
Suppose I designed a system such that I would come into your house and rifle through your refrigerator unless you called a special number opting out. You could register via my web site, but you’d have to supply an email address to confirm you’re actually opting out of this. After all, we don’t want other people to fraudently deprive you of this exciting and unique opportunity.
The mechanism to take you off the fridge list works like this: every quarter I download a “do not rifle” list. I’m obliged to remove everyone on this list from my list. (Or, easier still, I could assume that if you’re not on this list, you must want me to rifle…)
There are couple of obvious loopholes. First, there’s the “previous relationship” option… even if you’re on the do not call list, I can still call you if we’ve had a previous relationship. For example, I saw Apollo 13 with Kevin Bacon. Kevin Bacon starred in the movie Quicksilver, where he played a bike messenger, you’ve ridden a bike. Nous sommes comme des fr