The Register is reporting that BT have shut down the SMS service due to Data Protection fears.
However, BT’s own website for the service shows that they haven’t actually stopped the service at all – just added an extra level of “security” to it. Now, instead of requesting the information justing by texting the service with a phone number, you now need to include the phone number and the account number.
This will presumably cut out a large percentage of the “poor man’s credit check”-type lookups, but it seems to miss the point that they’re still willing to supply this information without customers’ consent.
I don’t recall every receiving anything from BT telling me to treat my account number with utmost confidentiality, as anyone who gets access to it will be able to access my information …