Singapore — Monday was the first day for consumers who do not want to receive telemarketing calls or messages to register their Singapore telephone numbers with the Do Not Call (DNC) Registry.
Consumers may register at the DNC website, through SMS, or at a toll-free telephone number. The service is free of charge.
They can also get their telephone numbers included in any or all of the three DNC registers – for text messages, voice calls, and faxes.
If you register your phone number with the DNC registry anytime between today and July 2, 2014 you may still receive telemarketing messages for up to 60 days after registration.
If you register after July 2 you may still receive telemarketing messages for up to 30 days.
The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) of Singapore issued a statement on Monday morning explaining that the time gaps are intended to give organizations enough time to become familiar with the requirements of the DNC Registry.
Both local and overseas organizations must check with the DNC Registry to make sure the Singapore telephone numbers they are sending telemarketing messages to are not listed in the registry, as stipulated by the Personal Data Protection Act, said reports.
Your registration with the DNC Registry does not expire, but you can deregister at any time.
Terminated numbers will be removed from the registry.
Messages relating to surveys and customer service, or any other non-telemarketing message, are excluded from the scope of the DNC Registry.
Check the PDPC website for additional information.