@glaswegianeric We don't know that payforit definitely hand over our mobile numbers. They certainly hand over our money to the mostly unscrupulous Merchants who pay to have access to our credit.
Actually, the passing of numbers to third parties is part of the published specification of Payforit, so the fact that this happens is not in dispute. The faq in my signature includes a demonstation that this actually happens.
It is the legality of this that is in dispute. It is illegal under GDPR to pass personal details (including phone numbers) to third parties unless it is a business necessity. I would submit that it is not a business necessity, as it is clearly possible to sign up to Payforit services while connected via WiFi. The mechanism in this case is different, and the consumer supplies the number themselves to the third party. Much safer and compliant with GDPR.
ICO have already been asked about this and they have said it is a matter for the Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA). The PSA were then asked about it and guess what - they say it's a matter for the ICO!
The regulation of these services is a joke, with the various regulators passing the buck between one another.
The PSA currently have a consultation. https://psauthority.org.uk/research-and-consultations/consultations/2018/december/consultation-on-bu.... This represents an opportunity for consumers to voice their concerns about Payforit scams. My draft response is here: https://payforitsucks.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Response-to-PSA-Consultation-on-Business-Plan.... Amongst other issues you will see that it covers this point.
I urge you and anyone else concerned with stopping these scams to respond to the PSA consultation. It closes on 25th January 2019. These consultations usually get no response from consumers. It would be good if it was different this year!
@muggles708 The regulators are indeed a joke. Well, we deserve the authorities we get....
I'll respond to the consultation, although the whole concept does seem a bit of a joke to me as well, a heaven for pen pushers - there's not much to consult about, the harm is obvious and self evident, what has to be done about it is obvious as well.