Privacy chief targets telesales calls
Person-to-person cold calls from telesales agents plying goods and services should also be restricted under a law targeting other forms of unsolicited contacts, says Privacy Commissioner Allan Chiang Yam-wang. The Unsolicited Electronic Messages Bill aims to stem spam e-mails, text messages, pre-recorded calls, faxes and video and audio messages. When the anti-spam law was passed in 2007, cold calls from telesales agents were excluded. But Chiang yesterday said such exclusion should be lifted to protect privacy of consumers.