I read a brief article on this idea of opting out of all this data sharing. This one paragraph that caught my eye:
A good first stop is the World Privacy Forum, a nonprofit “dedicated to reimagining privacy in a digital era.” The organization has an extremely detailed opt-out list for data brokers, with the respective links and steps needed to remove your info from the companies’ clutches. More broadly, the WPF put together what it calls the top 10 opt-outs — a detailed step-by-step guide to pulling your information from the data brokers of the world.Mashable
For years now, I’ve utilized the site Catalog Choice to get unsubscribed from LOTS of catalogs and other junk mail. I still have lots to throw in the recycle bin straight away, but it is considerably fewer thanks to this service. One of the first steps in getting organized is to have less stuff to organize! I’m pretty sure that’s why this simplification craze is taking on like wildfire. 🙂
Now, I’m off to the races with the “top 10 opt-outs” to start opting out of some stuff. Happy day.