There is a massive privacy breach that directly affects all of you, so I'm here to:
1) Raise awareness
2) Demand that giffgaff change their policy
When somebody who uses giffgaff visits a website using giffgaff data (GPRS, 3G, Edge etc), giffgaff will supply that website with your basic connection information (time of visit, IP address, browser, etc.) - that's normal, and all providers do it.
However, giffgaff also send the website your full, uncensored phone number (yes, EVERY website you visit - including redirects - spam, porn, Facebook, your mate's website, all commercial sites).
This is a blatant breach of our privacy and hugely concerning - sites can harvest this information and add YOUR phone number to their sales list for cold calling, or to send you ads in text messages, or to sell your phone number to other companies.
You can see this for yourself by visiting http://lew.io/headers.php (make sure your Wifi is OFF - you have to connect using giffgaff's data or you won't see your number) and looking for your phone number at the bottom of the page.
To the giffgaff team: Do you think that this policy is in any way acceptable? Do you intend to fix this as a matter of urgency?
To the community: please leave a comment here if you want giffgaff to stop giving your personal contact details out without your consent.
giffgaff staff edit - 25/01 -14:54
We've locked this thread for the time being - not to stop discussion, but because we'd like to update everyone in one place on this.
Please keep an eye on this thread here.