The phone rang this morning. The answering thing cut in before I could get to it. I dialled 1471 to get the number of 01143 072403. As I didn't recognise the number or know many people in Sheffield who are likely to have access to my home number I did a search for it on google. It turns out to be a telemarketing company who use the phone numbers of people who've bought stuff online to pester them into subscribing to another catelogue. They'll call several times a day if they don't get a satisfactory response. When the phone rang this afternoon and I was sitting at my desk I was able to answer it. A man asked to speak to mrs modelmaker but when I asked "Who shall I say is calling?" he replied that under the Data Protection Act they are not allowed to disclose this unless they can verify they are talking to the person the call is intended for. I told him that under an agreement in this household, unexpected and unknown callers are not passed on without identification so the call will be terminated and hang up. I checked the number and sure enough it was the same one from the earlier call. I remembered I'd registered with the TPS at some time but couldn't remember if I'd done it with this number or the previous one I'd had with BT and was frankly glad to be rid of after their incompetence in resolving a billing dispute. After I checked, it turns out this number was registered with the TPS about a year ago, so they are breaking the law. I made a complaint to the TPS but I have no idea how effective they are at preventing nuisance calls. Beware. It's all very well ordering stuff online but as you are required to give your telephone number, home address and email address you render yourself open to all manner of spam.