Maintaining Privacy in Solicitations
August 09, 2017
PRIVACY AND FREEDOM
We’ve all been there. Just as you set your plate down on the dining room table, the phone starts ringing. You abandon your dinner and head to the phone, thinking it might be one of your kids or a family friend — only to hear a telemarketer on the other end, trying to sell you a new product or service.
Such solicitations are often not just irritating but can be a significant invasion of privacy. With the advent of technology, solicitors have found new ways to contact consumers.
Here are a few opportunities you can take advantage to protect your privacy.
Private Email: We heard a lot of talk about “private email service” in the 2016 presidential election. For regular citizens, such methods can be a frontline of defense against unwanted intrusion. When consumers rely on a cloud provider, such as is used by big-name companies like Gmail, they lose the autonomy to decide who can access their emails, which could get information into the hands of solicitors. Using a personal email service puts the power back in the hands of the consumer.
Do Not Call: Register your home or mobile phone with the National Do Not Call Registry, a database maintained by the federal government. The service can cut down on unwanted calls but often doesn’t completely eliminate them. Several loopholes exist that allow telemarketing calls on business lines and from political organizations, market-research companies and nonprofit organizations.
Credit Screening Opt-Out: The nation’s leading credit agencies have collaborated on an opt-out service that can decrease the number of credit-card solicitations consumers receive in the mail. Call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT or visit here to begin the opt-out process.
Incognito Browsing: Your Internet browsing history is another area that can be compromised. To contend with this issue, many browsers allow their users to literally go “incognito.” The private mode clears any sites you visit from your computer’s history, though your IP address is still tracked. See this guide to learn how to set your browser to Incognito on most leading browsers.
Direct Marketing Association: The DMA offers several solutions for reducing solicitations by mail and email. Signing up for the association’s opt-out
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