Hi Lifehacker, Just before the NSW election, I received an sms from Mike Baird about voting for him or something. I tried replying to the number but Android would crash every time — I guess I wasn’t the only person who was annoyed by this.
Now, I’ve never given this guy my phone number so I’m wondering: what’s the deal? Are politicians allowed to do this? Aren’t we supposed to be able to opt out of unwanted marketing?
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You’re correct in that you can sign up to the otherwise excellent Do Not Call List – and to make things even sweeter, registrations are now infinite in length — but sadly there are exemptions to the list for registered charities and (sigh) politicians. They’re rather specifically allowed to carry on with this kind of effort, no matter the potential for annoyance that it can cause.
Which means that the best bit of advice Lifehacker can give in this instance would be to put pressure on your local member for a change to the law, although I wouldn’t hold your breath. Politicians are generally reluctant to change rules that might inconvenience them.
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