Government Agencies Selling Your Information to Marketers
KREX News Room
DENVER - Ever wonder why you keep getting a flood of junk mail? Turns out government agencies at all levels may be to blame, because they're selling your personal information to marketing companies.
Our Denver affiliate KCNC has uncovered that just last year, the Secretary of State made $59,000 off of selling your data.
A spokesperson for the Secretary of State says they sell business information in return for money ranging from $200 to $1,200, depending the frequency and amount of information requested.
The agency says because this is a public record, there is no way to opt out of these lists and anyone can buy them.
They're not the only entities to do it.
Some clerk and recorders offices sell your home sale data, colleges sell student's information.
Even death is for sale - the Social Security Administration sells a “Master Death Index" which opens the floodgates for marketers to reach surviving family members.
The Direct Marketing Association says most of the time we put ourselves on marketing lists without realizing it.
The most common ways our information is collected and then circulated is when we enter a contest, use a valued customer shopping card, register a product, subscribe to a magazine or even give money to a charity.
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