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Controlling some privacy settings

Article for: Everyone concerned about marketing and privacy
Difficulty: Moderate
Importance: Regain some privacy

As laws and regulations take effect, we are gaining some control over who tracks us, and shares our information with marketers. I think it is worthwhile to visit places that have your information and opt out of their merchandising you.


Twitter allows you to have some control over how much they track you. This link should work or login to your account and go to:
  • Settings then
  • Privacy and Safety then
  • "Data sharing and off-Twitter activity" - in other words, how Twitter tracks you and sells your information.

You will be can disable much of your information they sell by going into each:
  • Personalized Ads in Ads preferences
  • Off-Twitter activity
  • Data sharing with business partners
  • Location information

Capital one bank card

As of this writing, Capital One requires you to call them and then let them update your settings. Call 1-888-817-2970 and one of their representatives will update your preferences. You can stop:
  • Affiliates everyday business purposes
  • Sharing with affiliates to market to you
  • Sharing with non-affiliates to market to you.


You can call them or fill out an online form. The phone number is 800-370-8580. The link online form is here. You must login. There is a findable "Exercise your privacy Choice" choice currently the third option in the first group on the left. - They'll probably move it, but a find in page (CTRL-F) should allow you to find it.

JP Morgan Chase Amazon card

Security and privacy tab gives you lots of options, including
  • a list of saved account managers (who can charge on your card), and
  • Devices that can sign in. It is worth reviewing.

Find the Main menu on the upper left
  • Under Profile and settings
  • Personal details
  • Marketing email preferences and
  • Privacy preferences

They tell you it will take 4 to 6 weeks for changes to take effect.


At the very bottom of your sign-in page there is this option!


Selecting it, gets you to a Choose Your Preferences button, which in turn offers an Opt out of everything option.

Date: January 2021

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