Girls just got a new weapon in their attempts to totally shut their creepy, mouthpiece-licking, heavy-breathing exes out of their lives: TrapCall, a service that allows anonymous Caller IDs to be identified before pick-up.
The way the unmasking service works is pretty clever. Caller ID’s existing anonymity provisions allow anyone to mask their call, but excludes anonymity to callers of 1-800 numbers, since the owners of those numbers are paying for the call. TrapCall simply reroutes an unanswered call to a 1-800 number then back to your voicemail, recording the number as it squirts through its servers.
AT&T and T-Mobile are already signed up to allow this, with other carriers expected to be announced within weeks. For the end user, the service costs $10 a month.
There’s privacy concerns, of course, but I’m okay with them: there’s recipient lines in my emails. There’s a peephole on my front door. It’s not unreasonable to expect to know who a person is before you allow them to impose upon your time… but there’s ways to get around those guards too.
In the age of technology, privacy is all about the flux and ebb, the clash between competing systems.The way technology and capitalism interact will prompt other companies to come up with solutions that will guarantee customer privacy, just like how anonymous email services allow you to email someone without giving your identity away. I like that. It can only make privacy stronger and more clearly defined.
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