As online and off-line marketing and advertising grows, marketers are becoming increasingly aggressive in obtaining information about who you are and what you do. In some cases, website visitors are finding out that information is being collected without any disclosure.
Today, there are ways to help protect your information from being seen and used without your consent. These “opt-out” lists and “do not call” registries are free to use and in most cases they can be completed online.
OptOutPrescreen gives you the option to opt-out of credit card offers from Equifax, Experian, Innovis and TransUnion.
Choose from a list of merchants that offer an opt-out for catalogs you no longer wish to receive. To read more on how CatalogChoice can help you decrease the amount of junk mail, read more here – catalog choice features
To opt-out from telemarketing phone calls sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry by visiting DoNotCall
A variety of resources for parents and information for opting out of OPTIONAL high school data bases that turn over private information on students to military recruiters. Visit
Online, many advertisers put cookies on your computer so they can gather information used for online advertising. Network Advertising Initiative is a website that offers a way to block the cookies from participating members of their advertising network. To opt-out, visit Network Advantage Initiative.
Network Advantage Initiative also offers tutorials on how to block cookies if you use Explorer, Firefox and Safari:
- Internet Explorer 7.x and Internet Explorer 6.x –Block Cookies Tutorial
- Firefox –Block Cookies Tutorial
- Safari –Block Cookies Tutorial
If you feel you’re being harassed by marketers, try using these sites to opt out. Do you know of any other sites? If so, let us know in the comments.