If you are represented by an attorney, then the debt collector must contact the attorney rather than you. If you don’t have an attorney, a debt collector may contact other people, but only for very limited purposes. In other words, the debt collector can contact other people only to find out your address, your home telephone number and where you work. And debt collectors are usually prohibited from contacting third parties more than once. Other than to get location information about you, a debt collector generally can’t discuss your debt with anyone except you, your spouse or your attorney without your express permission.