In celebration of Consumer Protection Week next week, First Orion has teamed up with us to offer 3 PrivacyStar 6-month subscriptions to giveaway. PrivacyStar subscribers recently passed a milestone: they have filed over 100,000 complaints with the Federal Trade Commission, reporting telemarketers and debt collectors who contravene the Do Not Call Registry and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, respectively.

Along with easy consumer complaint filing, PrivacyStar is dedicated to providing features that help consumers, including SmartBlock, which uses crowdsourced data to proactively block the top blocked numbers from across the PrivacyStar user base. Updated twice a week, SmartBlock reads like a “who’s who” of telemarketers and debt collection agencies. Hit the break for details on how to enter.

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To enter, follow these rules:

  • Simply login (or join, if you haven’t already) and leave one comment to this post.

We will choose the 3 winners on March 10th. If you don’t want to chance it, you can get PrivacyStar in our store for only $2.99!

Buy Privacy Star for only $2.99 >>

 

Press Release

First Orion Announces 100,000 Complaints Filed with the FTC

PrivacyStar Subscribers Say “No” to Telemarketers and Debt Collectors Who Violate Federal Consumer Protection Laws

CONWAY, Ark. – February 9, 2011 – First Orion, makers of the popular PrivacyStar application for Android and BlackBerry smartphones, today announced that PrivacyStar subscribers have filed over 100,000 complaints with the Federal Trade Commission. PrivacyStar includes many productivity tools, including allowing individuals to block all unwanted callers and also report potential Do Not Call Registry and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violations direct from their smartphone, making complaint filing easy, accurate and accessible. In addition to the ability to report telemarketing and debt collection violations, PrivacyStar’s suite of features also includes call and text blocking, Caller ID, Do Not Disturb and more.

 

“With an estimated 150 million telemarketing calls being made daily in the United States and of those, as many as 20% may be Do Not Call violations, we knew there was a growing need for the PrivacyStar reporting function, but did not expect it to take off as it has,” said Jeff Stalnaker, CEO of First Orion. “We are now averaging over 10,000 complaints filed per month and the response from customers has been amazing.”

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PrivacyStar expanded its reporting function to include debt collectors at the request of customers and after working with the Federal Trade Commission. PrivacyStar complaint data is automatically generated by users and fed directly into Consumer Sentinel, the secure database available to more than 1,800 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad for consumer protection purposes. Based on PrivacyStar statistics, 35% of all complaints filed are related to debt collection practices while about 25% relate to telemarketers.

 

In addition to the reporting features, PrivacyStar offers the following capabilities focused on allowing users to take control of their smartphone:

  • Call Blocking – Block individual numbers, entire area codes, all private or unknown numbers and wildcard characters
  • SMS Text Message Blocking – Block SMS text messages
  • Caller ID – While the phone is ringing, PrivacyStar displays the name of the calling party
  • Caller Lookup – Identify unknown callers by name and take appropriate action, such as adding to the contacts list or Privacy List
  • SmartBlock – Employs crowdsourced data from PrivacyStar users to automatically block the most blocked numbers as determined by the entire user population
  • Do Not Disturb – Forwards all non blocked incoming calls to voicemail and sends a custom text message acknowledging the call

Pricing and Availability

PrivacyStar for Android and BlackBerry smartphones is available for a no risk, free 7-day trial period. For continued service, PrivacyStar is available for $2.99 (USD) per month or for discounted semi-annual and annual periods. Consumers can easily add PrivacyStar to their monthly mobile phone bill from most of the major mobile phone providers. PrivacyStar is available at BlackBerry App World, Android Market and http://www.privacystar.com.

 

About First Orion

First Orion delivers the only network-based privacy and preference service to wireline, wireless, VoIP users and smartphones. First Orion has patented numerous privacy and preference solutions and is based in Conway, Arkansas. The company provides consumers the best in phone privacy solutions.

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