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PUBLISHED: 16:22 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:02 25 August 2010

AN MEP has warned the public about what he calls a breach of privacy that will enable private companies to contact residents on their mobile phones without prior consent.

AN MEP has warned the public about what he calls a "breach of privacy" that will enable private companies to contact residents on their mobile phones without prior consent.

London MEP Syed Kamall said that directory firm 118 800 is to make public 15 million UK mobile telephone numbers.

Mobile users will have the right to remove their number from the directory, but only by texting "E" to 118 800.

Mr Kamall said: "This is one of many examples of breaches of privacy becoming commonplace.

"The government is sanctioning the construction of a mobile phone directory without anyone's permission. It is wrong that decisions that affect us all are taken so lightly without a proper public debate."

He added: "For many people, this system will make life far more convenient and help old friends to get in touch. For others, it comes at the price of their privacy.

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