I have been a regular user of justdial since the time they started. Initially, I refused to give my mobile number and they would then tell me the number I wanted over the phone. Soon they changed their rule and we "had" to give our mobile numbers and they won't say ot over the phone anymore. As of one year ago, I noticed that anytime I ask for a certain number from them (say of a particular hotel), a hundred hotel owners start calling me!!! I called them and they said that they cannot do anything - it is their "rule" that anytime anyone calls justdial, the numer is passed on to dealers in that category! I fought with them and told them that it would be illegal and they have no right to pass on my mobile numer to anyone without my knowledge.
However, my sms box (which was fairly clean thanks to my DND to vodafone) has begun to get flooded with unnecessary sms-es and I am spending a large part of my precious time either deleting them or receiving calls.
In this context - I would like to know the actual legal ground. Do merchandiers have a legal right to 1) pick-up 2) pass on personal cellphone numbers to others ( I do not give this right to even my friends and family - they ask me before passing on my mobile to any stranger)?
If no, then what is the procedure to take action against it. This is becoming an increasing menace and I am sure many people would like to find a remedy to this.
Is there a remedy?
Look forward to a prompt response.