HONESTe Online Consumer
Here is our list of things you can do to protect your privacy on the Internet, and beyond.
Remove yourself from marketing lists
You can get your name removed from marketing lists by contacting
the Direct Marketing Association (www.thedma.org). This is discussed
in more detail in the section about opting-out of direct marketing.
To eliminate telephone solicitation, have your name added to the
federal Do Not Call Registry. You can contact them at 1-888-382-1222 or through their web site at www.ftc.gov/donotcall/. You will
need to re-register every five years.
Limit the transfer and sale of your information by opting out (1-888-5-opt-out)
and not giving financial institutions permission to share your data
with their partners. You can also register at www.optoutprescreen.com.
Limit information on your cell phone
Don't provide any personal information on your cell phone. It isn't
secure. A hacker may also gain access to names and phone
numbers, calendar appointments, notes and other data you store
using the phone's PDA functions, listen in on conversations, or
make long distance calls using your number.
This is done by
intercepting signals that transmit the phone's ID numbers and then "cloning" the phone. Also be aware on land and wireless phone calls
what information is being provided and accessible.
Destroy unsolicited offers
Tear up or shred those "pre-approved" offers that arrive unsolicited
through the mail, unless you really want the credit card. Thieves
love these because they have so much useful information for them.
Opt-out of information sharing
When you receive privacy information from your bank or credit card
company, it's important that you "opt-out". Otherwise, your
information can be distributed to other partners of these financial
Keep sensitive information off checks
Don't write your credit card number or social security number on
your checks. They may be handled by dozens of people from
numerous financial institutions, any one of whom can copy from
Although most businesses handle your personal information in a
responsible way, you have the option to "opt-out" of having your
information shared or passed along to others for promotions. This
will decrease the amount of spam and related junk mail. You can
opt out of information sharing by your telephone company, utility
company, and most of the businesses you deal with.