Like many, I got one of those emails from Rapleaf saying that someone had been looking for me. No, I didn’t believe it. But I clicked through anyway and they did know my hometown and on which social network sites I had a profile.
In the end, I decided to “claim” the email address. They already had my email address and name and they knew that I have a profile on LinkedIn and Facebook among others, so I wasn’t providing them with anything they didn’t already know (okay, now they know I read my email, big deal). But I was able to control the information they had visible about me on their site and at least that’s something.
An individual may request information taken down for a given email address by emailing email@example.com.
Additional, individuals can elect to have their information opted-out from Rapleafs database by following these steps:
1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org from the email address requesting to opt-out. Rapleaf will then email back an opt-out form to confirm the email address.
2. Print out this customized opt-out form, fill it out, and mail it to the following postal address:
Attn: Opt-Out Request
657 Mission Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105
Rapleaf will then quickly follow up with a confirmation email. All relevant information pertaining to this opted-out email address will also be removed.
Oh come on…all that high falutin’ technology that somehow figured out where all my profiles are and I’m supposed to mail in a piece of paper to get off the database? Yeah, right. I’m surprised they don’t ask that the paper be gold-trimmed and delivered by carrier pigeon.