From April 1 next year, telcos will no longer be allowed to include the home numbers of new fixed-line subscribers in public phone directories without first getting their permission.
Existing subscribers will also be able to unlist their numbers once without having to pay fees to telcos. Now, these range from $2.14 per number for StarHub to $20 a year per number for SingTel. M1 does not charge for the first unlisting.
The Infocomm Development Authority revealed these measures on Dec 17, saying they will help people to better protect their personal data in line with the new Personal Data Protection Act which takes effect on Jan 2. It also removed the requirement for telcos to provide residential listings in the directories, to take effect from April 1.
Business listings will remain mandatory.
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