You know those annoying robocalls that always seem to blow up your phone just as you sit down for dinner? If you're a user of one major financial website, you can now expect a lot more of the annoying calls. PayPal's new user agreement now automatically grants your permission to receive its robocalls and auto-text messages.
But wait. This horrible new policy gets even worse. The terms of the agreement let PayPal call you on phone numbers you haven't even provided to the company. PayPal is not saying exactly how it is tracking down your other numbers. But it claims the right to contact you on numbers "we have otherwise obtained."
Why in the world does an Internet company need to resort to old-fashioned telephone calls to bother you? PayPal says it needs to robocall you to give you updates about account activity and to resolve disputes. OK, so if there's an urgent problem with your account, I can understand why the company might need to call you. But the agreement is not limited to just problems with your account. The new agreement requires you to give PayPal permission to send you "surveys or questionnaires" and "offers and promotions."
"Offers and promotions" sounds like telemarketing to me. But there is a way to stop these intrusive calls before they even start.