You Are Being Followed
Is there no privacy anymore? We are losing our rights as American citizens. Our computer activity is being monitored and Americans are being ‘felt’ before getting on an airplane. Now, as an American citizen, I am being followed. I realize that most people probably wouldn’t even give it a second thought, but to me, it’s scary and almost violating.
As many of you are aware, Ken and I moved about 3 months ago. Besides all of the packing, you also go through the changing of phone numbers and your address. Well, a decision we had made was that we weren’t going to give out our new address to anyone except family, utilities and DMV (department of motor vehicles). We haven’t changed our bank account or anything along those lines.
Now, I’ve always heard that these ‘mailing lists’ are sold from one company to another. I know that the grocery stores ‘track’ what you purchase in order to provide you with better coupons and deals. But there is definitely a lot more ‘behind the scenes’ stuff going on than I ever realized. Here’s why.
Yesterday, I received the coupon flyer from JoAnn Fabric addressed to me at our new address. They are a nation wide fabric and craft store that many of you probably know. How did they find me? I have NOT given them my new address. Not only that but it’s been a year and a half since I’ve even shopped there! How did they find me??? Because everything is connected. We are all inter-connected.
Oh, guess what? Ken got ‘found’ too. A few weeks ago he received a donation request from the Disabled Veterans of America. Now, I can tell you that they are one of the few organizations we would send donations. Ken did NOT give them our new address. The donation request he received was addressed to him at our new address. And they gave him pre-printed return address label stickers with his name and new address on them!
And, oh yeah, even Publisher’s Clearing House has my new address! How did that happen? We are all inter-connected, there is no privacy anymore!
When you purchase a product or service and give the company your name and address, the chances are you are being added to one or more mailing lists used for direct marketing. This is true when you buy a car or a house, use a shopping card, sign up for a credit card, subscribe to a magazine, buy something from a catalog, give money to a charity, or fill out a product registration form.
Your name, address, and other contact information, as well as the type of product or service, is entered into a computer database. The business that collected the information will use it to solicit more business from you. They might also rent their list to other businesses so they can send you advertisements.
The U.S. Postal Service provides the addresses from its Change of Address cards to mailers who have your old name and address. This often includes the major marketing and financial companies. The Postal Service’s goal is to have less misaddressed mail. This is one way unsolicited mail is able to follow you to your new address.
It is amazing how quickly and efficiently ‘they’ find you when you move. Just about anything you purchase while not using cash is logged and tracked. It’s nearly impossible to get away from it. And with the recent talk of a cashless society, it will then be entirely and completely impossible to escape from it.
And what else is going on behind our backs?…