Not For Sale

Stop companies from selling your information

matter of this being our personal information–medical, income, bankruptcy, child support–and very private details of our lives,” explains Friery. “It’s a human rights issue. We expect our personal affairs are for us to control.

Citibank, part of Citigroup, an international financial services company, has been mailing out privacy notices for at least a decade. The notices are normally sent out with statements to its bank, credit card, car loan, and mortgage customers.

“The reason that we share information is to bring to the attention of our customers products and offers that they may be interested in, such as college education, mortgage information, home owners, and auto insurance,” says Mark Rodgers vice president of public affairs for Citibank. “It becomes problematic when we have pertinent information to share with customers that we can’t give when they opt out. We pride ourselves on bringing reputable offers to consumers.”

Williams, however, believes that private information should not be sold or shared. “If we want information, we can contact those companies directly,” she says.

“The reason that we share information is to bring to the attention of our customers products and offers that they may be interested in, such as college education, mortgage information, home owners, and auto insurance,” says Mark Rodgers vice president of public affairs for Citibank. “It becomes problematic when we have pertinent information to share with customers that we can’t give when they opt out. We pride ourselves on bringing reputable offers to consumers.”

Williams, however, believes that private information should not be sold or shared. “If we want information, we can contact those companies directly,” she says.

Privacy Rights Groups:
Privacy Rights Clearinghousewww.privacyrights.org
Privacy Rights Nowwww.privacyrightsnow.com
Electronic Privacy Information Centerwww.epic.org
Consumers Unionwww.consumer.org
Gateway to Privacy News, Information and Actionwww.privacy.org

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