Privacy Survival Guide: Take Control of Your Personal Information


Fact Sheet 1Privacy Survival Guide:
Take Control of Your Personal Information

Every day, we give away personal information about ourselves, often without even realizing it.  In many instances, we cannot control how this information is used by others. However, opportunities exist to protect your privacy and take control of your personal information.

Wireless Communications: Voice and Data Privacy


Fact Sheet 2Wireless Communications:
Voice and Data Privacy

Hang Up on Harassment: Dealing with Cellular Phone Abuse


Fact Sheet 2aHang Up on Harassment:
Dealing with Cellular Phone Abuse

Privacy in the Age of the Smartphone


Fact Sheet 2bPrivacy in the Age of the Smartphone

 

 

 

How to Put an End to Unwanted or Harassing Phone Calls


Fact Sheet 3How to Put an End to Unwanted or Harassing Phone Calls

Junk Mail: How Did They All Get My Address?


Fact Sheet 4Junk Mail:
How Did They All Get My Address?

What we call junk mail is actually the result of direct marketing campaigns designed to get you to buy a product or service. It's called direct marketing because it attempts to match you and your buying preferences with offers that are likely to make you buy a product or service.

When you purchase a product or service and give the company your name and address, the chances are you are being added to one or more mailing lists used for direct marketing. This is true when you buy a car or a house, use a shopping card, sign up for a credit card, subscribe to a magazine, buy something from a catalog, give money to a charity, or fill out a product registration form.

Many people want to reduce or stop junk mail coming to them. Read our guide to learn about a variety of strategies you can use to get off direct marketing lists.

"Shine the Light" on Marketers: Find Out How They Know Your Name


Fact Sheet 4a"Shine the Light" on Marketers:
Find Out How They Know Your Name

These days you realize that it is no coincidence that junk mail and solicitations come tailored to your individual interests. What you may be in the dark about is whether it is your magazine subscription, gym, or bank that is responsible for sharing your information with other companies.

If you are a California resident, the "Shine the Light" law, implemented January 1, 2005, requires businesses to tell you with whom they have shared your information. (CA Civil Code 1798.83)  Read our guide to find how who has accessed your personal information and how to opt-out of of future sharing.  You can also learn what rights you have if a business refuses to disclose the source of the information they have on you.

Junk Mail FAQ


Fact Sheet 4bJunk Mail FAQ

Telemarketing: How to Have a Quiet Evening at Home


Fact Sheet 5Telemarketing:
How to Have a Quiet Evening at Home

Junk Faxes: No Relief in Sight


Fact Sheet 5aJunk Faxes:
No Relief in Sight
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