Telephone Number Privacy versus Child Safety

How much should you really be able to find out about someone? Homeowners have no privacy as their is a public record of the house they own. The government tramples of privacy with dubious claims of safety. Should private companies and websites be able to obtain personal info about your neighbor? How about you? What if there is real danger to be averted, or a life saved? What then?

Despite what many unscrupulous web-based companies claim, there is no way to instantly lookup a cell phone number. There is no cellular number directory, or cell phone database. These things do not exist, and never have. Anyone selling access to such a thing, is therefore a thief. So how can people identify a mobile phone number? Is there any legitimate reason for them to do so?

Right now, only a cell phone lookup search, provided by a private company can obtain this information. People with plenty to hide often hide behind the mobility of a cell phone. But does that mean the public should have access to their name, or address?

Curious teens and jilted lovers have no legitimate claim to the information discussed here. But criminals, cons, thieves and other assorted bad types often leave behind a single clue–a cell phone number. Pedophiles are also infamous for luring your kids with text messages.

It is easy to decide that cell phone information should be beyond access, but what if finding your own child required knowing about a particular cellular phone number? What if your child was abducted, or decided to meet some stranger they met online. Kids love to text and are obviously not as cautious as we parents would like. Imagine your child meeting someone from MySpace in real life. They are gone, and you have no idea where. The only clue you have is a stranger’s cell phone number. You can have a cell phone search done on the number, or you can wait for the police to become concerned enough to act. And then you can wait some more as “policy” and “procedure” slow everything down to a snail’s pace.

If your child was in the company of persons unknown, what would you decide to do, given these options? It is doubtful that many parents would choose to wait around and see what happens.

Decisions don’t get a lot simpler. While the potential for abusing these services does exist (phone service itself can be abused, as can anything), frightening situations such as this one make it clear that sometimes immediate action is required to save a life.

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