Have you ever wondered how companies, organizations, or even retailers have obtained your personal contact information or even asked yourself where all those endless mailers on promotions, events or subscription offers have come from? Now, ask yourself, do you want it to stop?
Although it may be helpful for consumers to be well informed of promotions or happenings, it also raises the question of privacy and control of using consumer’s personal information. To help you take that step ahead and sit in the driver’s seat, here are some ways to assist you.
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As a consumer, you can first start asserting your rights, by :
Here are ways to safeguard your information from fraudulent use.
Always feel free to inform and express appreciation to your bank, credit card issuer, or merchant for providing an opt-out in case of mis-leading of credit card information. You can also tell pollsters, the media and others that you patronize companies that follow good privacy policies with respect to consumer information. As you learn more about how businesses use financial and consumer information, you can gain more control over it and reap personal benefits.
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