Personal Information will be kept confidential and will be used for our research, marketing, and strategic client analysis objectives and other internal business purposes only. We do not share, sell or rent Personal Information except that in case you are a customer of our search services through any of the Media, your Personal Information shall be shared with our subscribers/advertisers and you shall be deemed to have given consent to the same. [emphasis added]
Now here’s the sleight of hand: If my Personal Information is not shared/rented/sold and used instead for analysis and internal business purposes only, how am I deemed to have given consent to it being “shared with our subscribers/advertisers” just because I used JustDial services? How can someone, anyone, any company assume my consent to share my personal information?Any mechanism that shares my information without my explicit written permission is flawed. Any such sharing has to be opt-in, i.e., I have to voluntarily and in full knowledge of the consequence opt for my information being shared with advertisers. If not that, I should at the least, have the option of opting out of such mechanisms (like NDNCR). JustDial provides neither. While the service is remarkable, I think I’m going to switch to using Google. Less efficient, but doesn’t result in me being called by photo studios! Empathisers, sympathisers and privacy advocates (if there are any reading this) can freely re-blog this in these exact words or your own words. A link back to this post would surely be appreciated. I’m not as optimistic as to think that this will make a difference, but trying never hurt.