Yes, you heard right. If you have a postal address in Germany, the post office can legally sell your address to advertisement companies. They have a fucking web page
offering this service. Slogan: "Your ad mail will reach its destination"
I found out a few days ago when I received this ad letter
from the furniture store "Höffner" (you know, the one with the annoying radio ads). It had all the signs of a bulk mail (=Postwurfsendung), the only difference was that it had my address on the envelope and my name in the title. I'd never been in any of their stores in my life, and know better than to fill out prize competition stuff, so where did this come from?
See the very small print on the left hand side of the letter that's not even in the body itself?
Here's a closeup
So they wanted me to spend time and money on a letter asking them to take my address off of a list it didn't have any business being on in the first place? Yeah, right. I went to the post office, only to be told that the German post office wasn't responsible, as it no longer exists; it's all Postbank now, with some postal tasks or other. Err, ok. The service guy gave me a general service telephone number to call, which I did. THAT service guy gave me the number of the Post Direkt company service line, and the guys THERE gave me the final number of the people tasked with dealing with folks like me.
So I called them and was told that everything was fine, because they didn't really sell my address, they just used it themselves to send me spam the ad company provided. Same result, but perfectly legal. I told them to take me off their list, and they said they would do that - and also send me a letter of confirmation/explanation.
Here it is, for your information. Page 1
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So if you don't want to receive spam addressed to you (unlike the regular bulk mail it will have to be put in your inbox, even if you have a "no advertisement" sticker on it), call this (free) phone number and have them remove you from their ad list: 0800 - 936 93 73