iOptOut

Michael Geist has set up a website where you can opt out of getting unsolicited calls from registered charities, business with prior relationships, political parties, survey companies, and newspapers.A   He explains why he created this site:

The Canadian government passed legislation in 2005 mandating the creation of a do-not-call registry.A   The registry is scheduled to take effect in mid-2008, yet many Canadians may be disappointed to learn about the exemption of a wide range of organizations (registered charities, business with prior relationships, political parties, survey companies, and newspapers).A   Under the law, exempted organizations are permitted to make unsolicited telephone calls despite the inclusion of the number in the do-not-call registry. However, organizations must remove numbers from their lists if specifically requested to do so.

IOptOut takes advantage of this approach by allowing Canadians to create and manage a personal do-not-call list that begins where do-not-call legislation ends. Once you register, you’ll be able to view a categorized list where you can opt-out of further contact from exempt organizations.A   To do this we send an email notification to each organization on your behalf requesting that your name, email address and phone number(s) be removed from their active marketing lists.

It took about 3 minutes to register (I really liked the “Please delete my information within 24 hours after completion of the opt-out process.” option) and scan through the various categories of organizations and select the ones that I didn’t want contacting me when I’m eating dinner.

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