For my fellow US citizens: Have you noticed an odd increase in junk mail that you receive, with your name (not just addressed to "occupant"), sometimes arriving in little waves? Seems like every time I do business with a company, in which I have to give them a mailing address, they sell my information to other companies and "direct mail clearinghouses." If you care about your privacy, please join me in demanding that Congress take some action. Find out who your congressional representative is, and strongly urge him/her to initiate legislation to make it a crime to sell, lend, rent, or otherwise provide ANY customer information to any other company, organization, agency, or individual. As an example, I have a fair supply of equestrian gear, and it was getting a little out of hand. I looked at some tack supply companies for cases to hold crops and lunge whips, then had a brilliant idea: $35 for a rifle case which is more secure and protects better, from a sporting goods company, or $65 for a similar device from a tack company but of lesser quality. After I ordered the rifle cases, I was inundated with junk mail from NRA and a couple of other similar organizations, plus a couple of ones that cater to terrorists, survivalists, and anarchists. Now I'm fairly certain that I have been put on airline "watchlists." Some of these companies do not offer an "opt-out" option, others hide it so deeply in the fine print that you can never find it. That's a little backward. Any company doing business in the USA should be bound to keep your personal infomation secure, and should have your express written consent to share it. Keep in mind that every time you use a credit card or a check, every magazine subscription, every mail-order or internet order... anyone who has access to your name and address and/or phone number is willing to sell it... even government agencies, such as the DMV (although they claim to maintain your privacy, they DO have loopholes in their privacy statement, trust me!) P. S. I do know about the DMA preference thing that you have to mail to the Direct Marketing Association, but that is not the protection I am looking for. I think the problem needs to be stopped at the source. Trafficking in personal information should be a greater crime than trafficking in drugs, IMHO.