Michael Geist has been a critic of the legislation enabling the new Canadian "Do Not Call List", which specifically permits calls from polling companies, newspapers, political parties and others. So to enable users to opt out even more, Michael has developed a website that sends specific do not call requests to individual companies and organizations. Check it out:
iOptOut - Welcome to iOptOut
Welcome to iOptOut
The Canadian government passed legislation in 2005 mandating the creation of a do-not-call registry. The registry is scheduled to take effect in mid-2008, yet many Canadians may be disappointed to learn about the exemption of a wide range of organizations (registered charities, business with prior relationships, political parties, survey companies, and newspapers). Under the law, exempted organizations are permitted to make unsolicited telephone calls despite the inclusion of the number in the do-not-call registry. However, organizations must remove numbers from their lists if specifically requested to do so. IOptOut takes advantage of this approach by allowing Canadians to create and manage a personal do-not-call list that begins where do-not-call legislation ends. Once you register, you'll be able to view a categorized list where you can opt-out of further contact from exempt organizations.
To do this we send an email notification to each organization on your behalf requesting that your name, email address and phone number(s) be removed from their active marketing lists.