Government agencies are selling personal information from Americans directly to marketers. In a news story on September 1 from Natural News they inform the public that virtually all levels in government agencies are selling your personal information which the Fourth Amendment is supposed to protect us against.
According to a spokesman for the Secretary of State, Andrew Cole said that business information is sold between $200 and $12,000 depending upon what markets are searching for. He went on to say; "We are not looking to make money," said Cole. "We charge to cover our costs."
One of the biggest threats out there is that when information is provided for individuals or businesses there aren’t an opt-out option available when someone or a company requests information or registers for something. If there was a way to work on-line and opt-out it would reduce the number of ads and junk mail received on-line and in physical mail boxes across the country.
CBS4 also reported that "The Secretary of State also sold voter registration information - including names, addresses and political party affiliation of voters - for $58,000, last year,"
Colleges are also culprits in information sales used more for recruiting purposes. The Social Security Administration is also in on the selling of personal information. They have what is called a “Master Death Index” and the information gets divulged through mail processes seeking surviving family members with requests for home purchases. Who knew death was such a sellable commodity? The list of deaths when sold goes for $7,500.
And people wonder how and why they receive so much unwanted mail. Why the phone rings off the hook when a loved one passes away. Opening a business causing more customer service calls to be delegated to deferring calls and letters than they process to build their businesses.
Some other ways information is obtained for sale is through contests, customer shopping cards, product registration forms, donations to charities and subscriptions to magazines.
We all know that databases everywhere collect personal information but there should be a limit to what is shared and individuals should have a say in the matter too. There should be a system set up that requires permission to sell, share and trade personal information on the Americans living in the United States. Doing so electronically without anyone’s knowledge is an invasion of privacy, can cause major issues with identity theft as well as being totally in the dark as to which third-party markets your information is being sold to.
Was the word privacy deleted from the dictionary without letting the public know?
Do you think the government has a right to sell your personal data to others?
Do you feel safe or violated?
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