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Author: Egerius One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 2247  
Subject: Re: Information Privacy? Date: 7/26/2000 5:03 PM
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Actually, I rather like soapboxes, even with all the suds and lather they produce.[g]

As to the privacy, I do not object to advertising per se, but I find myself resenting "spam" in my email or my mailbox, particularly when its takes offensive or deceptive terms. When "spam" arrives looking like a paycheck in appearance, or when I receive the same credit card offer (or similar "clones") three times a month, or when someone is either (1) trying to peddle the latest pyramid scheme, sweepstakes, cyberporn subscription, dubious real development deal, or too-good-to-be true job offer in Australia or Kuwait; or (2) is targeting relatives or minors (or myself) in a too personal, familiar manner--then I consider my privacy to be invaded. Especially if the sales pitch involves details of my personal finances or sensitive information which I consider to properly belong in the realm of being "private"--then it gets my dander up.

My question is as follows. Suppose, after doing all the paperwork necessary to set up an investment account with a broker or a company; you start receiving a unsolicited wave of "spam" advertising. The content and nature of the pitches arouses strong suspicions that your personal information haa been given from the broker or company to the "spammers." What steps, as an investor, can you take to (1) find out if your suspicions are true; and (2) gain redress from the broker, company, or the courts? What agencies and organizations are in existence that can help investors with privacy violation concerns?

Egerius
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