It is common to receive phone calls from some company or business that wants to sell you something. At any time of the day, a call, an email or a text message may interrupt what you are doing. However, this harassment of companies has a solution thanks to the Robinson List, a list in which you can register for never receive messages again, advertising, spam or harassment in general.
The Robinson List is a free "ad opt-out" service. This means that it is a list made so that users receive advertising. Everyone can register as it is free and in this way two things are achieved: improve user protection and end advertising for calls, among others. And for this reason, we are going to solve all your doubts so that you know what is the Robinson list and how does it work.
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What is the Robinson List
As we told you The Robinson List is a specialized service in the field of personalized advertising with a clear objective: to reduce the excessive advertising that users receive. And it is that companies or companies have to consult the Robinson List before sending advertising to see if they have the consent of the users or not, as it is collected in the Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD). In this way you will avoid receiving advertising from companies of which you are not a client.
This does not mean that you will stop receiving advertising and spam. And it is that despite the fact that most companies have the obligation to consult this list before sending advertising, those companies or companies in which you have given your consent (with or without the intention to do so) may send you advertising. ). It is true that you will stop receiving advertising from companies that you do not know or have no relationship with, so you must be in charge of contacting them.
A little history of the Robinson List
A little history of the Robinson List. This was focused on postal mail but as new technologies appeared, it was adapted and updated. This name is awarded by the character Daniel Defue, Robinson Crusoe. In the original film, the protagonist was left on a desert island isolated from everyone. This is what the list intends, that you are isolated from all advertising, messages and calls that you have not requested and that come from abroad.
It was in 2008 when Adigital and the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) announced that from then on the Robinson List would also work, not only with postal mail, but also with emails, telephone calls and messages.
A little history of the Robinson List to control the processing of personal data, and even more in the field of advertising. From their official website they explain that “the promotion of the legitimate exercise of said activities must necessarily be reconciled with respect for the right to data protection of individuals. For this reason, it is necessary to search for a balance between the right to data protection and the legitimate treatment of the same”, as is reflected in Organic Law 3/2018, of December 5, on the Protection of Personal Data and guarantee of the rights digital.
How to sign up for the Robinson list?
The procedure is really simple. You can sign up for the Robinson List for free and online in just a few minutesyes Any user can sign up if they want to stop receiving excessive advertising. Although you have to bear in mind that for it to start working, three months must pass from the moment you sign up. Registration takes just a few minutes and is completely free. If you are over fourteen years old you can register yourself to avoid receiving more publicity, or if you are over 18 years old you can register a minor under 14 years of age as a parent or legal guardian.
Go to the Robinson List website and click on the “Join this list” option. Here write all your data (full name, ID, gender, email and date of birth) to be able to access to mark the ways by which you do not want to receive advertising:
- Mobile Phone
- Post mail
- SMS messages
- MMS messages
You can check all the options you want, the options are marked individually so you can activate or deactivate each one of them as well as having enough information to block the roads you want.
Is it effective?
The Robinson List is effective but it is not a miracle. And it is clear that you are going to receive less advertising than before, but it is not 100% that you do not receive any messages or calls from a company or company. And it is that as we told you above, it is very likely that you will receive advertising from companies with which you have had a relationship and have given your express consent for the sending of advertising. Although the filter is applied with the rest of the companies, some may not pay attention to this filter and send you advertising in other ways as well. Another negative part of the Robinson List is that it totally excludes all companies that already have your information through a public database or because you have provided it. The latter is usually very common when participating in raffles or contests, or with the simple registration in pages to obtain information about something you need.
What if you keep getting ads
If three months have passed since you signed up for the Robinson List, some companies continue to send you advertising or harass you, then you have every right to file a complaint with the Data Protection Agency. With the electronic signature you can do this procedure through the AEPD website and here you will see all the information you need to know to be able to report.
You also have the option of doing it in person by going to Calle Jorge Juan number 6 in Madrid. And another option you have is by telephone by calling 901100099 or 912663517 to request the information you need to know to report.
Companies and companies are obliged to consult this list based on article 23.4 LOPDGDD before carrying out any advertising campaign to those users whose consent they do not have in accordance with what is included in article 4.11 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 about sending advertising. This is mandatory and has a cost in the service. This cost depends above all on the company, taking the data of its size and its activity. Some rates are between 0 euros up to 6.000 euros. There are also some special rates for those entities associated with Adigital or Confianza Online.