Recently, I was reminded of the old adage that if you’re not paying for it, you’re part of the product. Often applied to social media like Google and facebook, it also applies to my (and your) email address.
I think my email address belongs to me, but last year I realised that it belongs to all the companies with whom I’ve signed up for updates. In particular, I realised this when I came to try and delete some accounts. Companies don’t like us to delete our details, they would rather we unsubscribed. That way they get to keep our details.
As I was having trouble even unsubscribing from some sites, I began to keep a list of when I unsubscribed from them.
I found that Time Out and Totally Legal were impossible to unsubscribe from. In both cases I deleted my accounts in 2012 but continued to receive emails.
I’ve recently tried unsubscribing to MVC and TL email updates again, but I don’t have much hope that I will free myself from their spam.