I could wallpaper my office every month with the shiny inserts that get slipped inside my credit card, utility, and insurance bills. You know, those index-card sized advertisements for Thomas Kinkade figurines, vacuum cleaners, commemorative plates and specially minted gold coins that the U.S. Treasury swears are .0000000001% gold. And they can only allow four coins per customer! Send in for yours today!!
I think it’s gotten worse.
Identify theft is at an all-time high, especially in Arizona, where our local newspaper refers to identify theft for some in our society as a survival tool. And despite the privacy regulations, which were evidently dreamed up by congressman with way too much time on their hands, I still receive truckloads of credit card applications and advertisements from realtors, insurance agencies, financial institutions and banks that I never asked for, don’t want, and shred usually as soon as I receive them. Before anyone adds a comment about the Do Not Call lists and the credit freezes, yes and yes. I know about them. Been there, done that. Barely made a difference.
The final choice, in teeny tiny print, says, and I quote:
Even if you do tell us to not share your personal information, we may share your information anyway within our family of companies…
So much for privacy. And opting out.
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