4. Protect Student Education Records
Did you know that there’s a federal law that allows schools to disclose personal information about a student (and others in their household) to marketers, lenders and insurers without that student’s consent? Yep, it’s true.
It’s called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Unless the student requests not to have their personal information disclosed, any schools that receive funds under certain U.S. Department of Education programs can disclose said information.
That being said, you will need to ask whatever institution you or someone in your household attends not to disclose any personal information.
3. Return the Mail
If you get any promotional mailings sent to you, you can always mark the envelopes “RETURN TO SENDER” and put them back in your mailbox.
ALL TIME TIP: There’s an easy way to identify promotional mailings without even having to open them. Just look for the phrases “return service requested,” “forwarding service requested,” “address service requested,” “change service requested,” or “First Class Mail.” Also, keep an eye out for mail addressed to “resident,” “current resident,” or “current occupant.” These are all dead giveaways that what’s inside is nothing more than junk mail.