Phone Directories Make Opt-Out Option

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An agreement between a group of lawmakers and publishers of yellow pages directories will make it easier to let people know they can opt out of receiving the phone books.

Democratic Reps. Reuven Carlyle of Seattle, Marko Liias of Edmonds, and Joe Fitzgibbon of Burien announced the agreement Monday. They say the state’s largest directory publishers will direct consumers to an already-existing website where they can opt out of receiving the yellow pages. The free service is offered through Berry, Dex, SuperMedia, and YellowBook, will put the website on the top right corner of their published directories, notifying users of their ability to opt out, Carlyle says.

The lawmakers hope to next address an opt-out option for white pages directories as well.

— Copyright 2012 The Associated Press


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