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Do Not Stop Using Unroll.Me

Baby Screaming

There has been a lot of discussion about the Unroll.me service. Everyone is now screaming about privacy concerns. Have we not heard this before concerning services like Facebook and Google???

Below is an email from Asian Efficiency that I received today:

 

 
Hi Robert,

Last week I came across a Dojo forum thread regarding the service Unroll.me. It’s a free online service that makes it easy to mass-unsubscribe from email newsletters that you don’t read anymore.

Someone in there asked if others liked the service. Most people did. So did we – we used to recommend it.

Used to.

Now…not anymore.

As your Efficient Asian advisor, I want to let you know that we don’t recommend this service anymore for privacy reasons.

One smart lady on the forum thread linked to a recently published article on how Uber, the ride-share company, used Unroll.me’s data to collect information on its competitors. Unroll.me was selling its anonymized data to other companies, but several stories indicated that they were keeping copies of user emails on Amazon S3 servers so the data they had collected (before anonymizing and selling it) was pretty insecure. The company’s response also left a lot to be desired, saying they were “heartbroken” that users were upset and that “they could do better” when it comes to communicating what exactly they were doing with the user data they collected.

That’s why we don’t recommend the Unroll.me service anymore.

There are a couple lessons you and I can learn from this.

If you’re using a free app or service and there’s no clear way of upgrading to pay for a better product/service, they are most likely using your data to make money. Unroll.me had no paid service – everything was free.

That’s a huge red flag.

Whenever I pick an app or service to use, I always ask myself these questions:

1.     What’s the business model of this app?

2.     Is the company financially healthy?

3.     Does this integrate with my existing systems?

The first two questions address the privacy and longevity of the company. If you aren’t paying for the product, then you are the product. I know most of us don’t read the privacy policy of stuff we enroll and use…but let this Unroll.me debacle teach us a lesson.

 

If you’ve used Unroll.me through our recommendation then we advise you now to stop using it. Especially when we saw insider info like this. To do this, follow these steps:

1.     Login to Unroll.me.

2.     Click on the drop-down menu in the top right corner.

3.     Click on Settings.

4.     Scroll down and click Delete My Account.

As far as alternatives go, the only safe recommendation we have now is SaneBox. It’s not a direct alternative because SaneBox can do so much more like sending you automated email reminders, filtering emails and much more. However, it has a very similar feature that allows you to quickly unsubscribe from email newsletters and has a feature to provide a daily digest of emails that you still want to see.

-Thanh & the Asian Efficiency team

P.S. If you find a mention of Unroll.me that we missed, please let me know! We’ll get it removed ASAP.

P.P.S. On a lighter note, I recently bought a new tea maker after someone in the Dojo recommended it. It was really expensive ($380-ish) but…I freaking love it. I’ve been drinking way more green tea now (especially after I brought back a truckload in my suitcase from my Tokyo trip) which makes me happy and it’s easier for me to get into a deep work state. This is the tea maker. It’s a total ML (minimalist luxury) purchase. If you’re unfamiliar with what Minimalist Luxury is, check out this post or this podcast episode where I talk about it. Almost everyone in the Dojo has been slowly converted to it. I don’t blame them. It makes life more fun, easier and productive.

 

Everyone has a price

Our Take

Nothing on the Internet is free. Despite all the issues, have people stopped using Goggle or Facebook? The reality is no. People like to scream privacy and they continue to use such services. The same reason people use customer loyalty programs. They get something out of it at a discount or free. Besides it is not the service providers fault that you did not bother reading the TOS – Terms of Service when you signed up. Most people scroll through it and then click I agree. I bet most of you did not read the TOS document!

 

Price of Admission

Price Of Admission

When you sign up for a free service, free book or a discount program you are required to fill out your name and often email address. This is the price of admission to get your access to the service, book or program. This is normal. Remember nothing on the Internet is 100% free.

One you recognize this then you can move on and use the service. The same people who do not want to give up their marketing information, do not want to pay for everything and want everything to be 100%. Think about it, if you had to pay for everything that you use or download you would be paying lots of money. The reality is nothing is free and your marketing information is a small price to pay for no cost access.

Think before you sign up and think before you use any No Cost service. The choice is yours

 

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