Opt Out Of Junk Mail, Calls and Cookies

Reduce the noise in your life by getting rid of the marketing junk flooding in.

• Phone solicitations: donotcall.gov
• Junk snail mail: Direct Marketing Association
• Email: Just mark it as spam. Don’t try to unsubscribe, spammers use that to confirm a live hit and sell the results to their friends.
• Credit card offers: OptOutPrescreen.com
• Doubleclick ad cookies: Ad Cookie Opt-out
• Lexis Nexis public database: Opt Out of Lexis Nexis
• Companies without online optouts: printable forms here.

— BEN POPKEN

Don’t Call. Don’t Write. Let Me Be. [NYT via Lifehacker]

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  1. thejbs says:

    What’s with DMA charging a dollar (plus asking for your credit cartd info) to put you on the remove lists?

  2. Ben Popken says:

    To discourage people from actually using the service.

  3. superchou says:

    please fix the layout – have to highlight text to see what’s written… black on dark gray = bad idea

  4. TPIRman says:

    For a civilian to be removed from the Lexis-Nexis database, you must either prove that you are at risk of physical harm or that you have been a victim of identity theft. So basically, they’re happy to remove you once it’s too late to make any difference.

    But hey, if your life is already shot to hell, “LexisNexis will consider your request for opt-out” while reserving “the right to determine whether to grant or deny such requests.” What unbridled generosity.

  5. thejbs says:

    Sounds like the perfect “send me a dollar” in the mail scam. You would probably see the same or better change in your junk mail inflow if you sent your buck to a mystic advertising in the paper promising good luck.

    Seriously, aren’t there any laws on the books saying that opting out of b.s. like this should be free or financed by the companies that make money annoying the hell out of you while cutting down our trees to do so?

  6. Like Johnny, I’m particularly disturbed by the hoops that LexisNexis makes you jump through to make them remove my data. This is me, an individual, they’re talking about. It’s not their information to own, it’s my information and I never said that they could have it– so why should I have to prove anything other than to say “Get it off your databases.”

    Their argument, of course, is that LexisNexis retrieves much of their data from public sources– therefore, they’re prefectly within their right to deny your claim to remove the data they retrieved from said public sources.

    Drives me up the wall. Where’s Ralph Nader when you need him?

  7. Amy Alkon says:

    I saw you have to give them your SS# and I opted out of opting out of credit cards in the mail. What’s with that? I mean, are people really going to maliciously sign up other people to not get credit cards?

  8. If you continue to mail your junk mail back to them with explitives written all over them and an address sticker, it’s amazing how quickly your direct marketing stuff stops.

  9. Amy Alkon says:

    Oh, I just love you, Electoral. I just can’t wait to get the next credit card offer in the mail!

    On a, perhaps, paranoid note…they can’t do anything to your credit rating for doing this, can they?

  10. kenposan says:

    Opting out of the DoubleClick will do you no good if you frequently delete all cookies using adaware or spybot. Doubleclick replaces the tracking cookie with a generic cookie, so deleting all cookies deletes that cookie as well and then you have to opt out again. So if you do this, make sure you don’t delete the generic cookie when you clean.

  11. rlee says:

    Re: Spam. Better than just deleting, bitch at the people responsible for the system it came from! Check the Received lines, not the (almost always fake) From to see the real source; use abuse.net to find out the right address to use (usually abuse@domain).

    If you or the source are in the US: cc the following:
    – all: spam@uce.gov, the new FTC reporting address
    – medication: otcfraud@cder.fda.gov
    – stock: enforcement@sec.gov
    – chain letter requesting mail: fraud@usps.gov
    – 419 (Nigerian): 419.fcd@usss.treas.gov

  12. Demingite says:

    Re DoubleClick: Better yet, just set your browser to always refuse any cookies of any kind from DoubleClick. Done. Or always refuse third-party cookies. Or, best of all, never allow cookies unless absolutely necessary; and when it’s absolutely necessary, immediately delete the cookie after it’s used.

    DoubleClick is a “third party”; it exists solely to find out whatever it can about you and then give that information to others so that they can flash targeted advertising to you. They get these data for free; that is, there is a no compensation to consumers who consent (not really) to be profiled. I tend to believe that their business is built on ignorance — on people not knowing about cookies and what they can do, or lacking the proper skills to smartly manage cookies. Because I believe if the majority of consumers knew what DoubleClick does, they would object.

  13. ValEl says:

    Ben: lol.