Amercians have the 'do not call list'. In the UK we now have the TPS (Telephone Preferancing Service). What this means:
"Under Government legislation introduced on 1st May 1999 and replaced on 11th December 2003 by the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, it is unlawful to make unsolicited direct marketing calls to individuals who have indicated that they do not want to receive such calls."
The other day I got yet another call from an 'independant orange headset retailer' - I told them I don't even have an Orange phone anymore and I'm allredy registered with the TPS - so what they're doing is illegal. The guy tuts and goes 'whatever' and the f***er hangs up on me! So, naturally I complained to the TPS and now they're could be facing a 5k fine. Suck on that 'independant Orange phone sepcialists'! How do you like them apples?
They're also providing a similar service for mail, although I don't think there's any laws passed about junkmail just yet - but it could be on the cards. Think of all the trees and CDs that could be saved if AOL was unable to send unsolicited coffee coasters (signup CDs) to everyone by post.
How can these credit card companies keep a straight face when they show those 'identity theft' adverts when they mass-mail pre-approved credit card application forms to random addresses? S***, half the time it's for someone who no longer lives a that address. Personally, I allways shred the application then post it using the business reply envelope, taped to a brick and all the other junk mail I've recieved and then post it back to them.
If no idiots actually replied to this s***, then companies wouldn't stoop to these crappy tactics.