I am on the Do Not Call Register (DNCR), but still get regular calls from charities and survey conductors.
I can understand the latter because statistics, but I keep telling charities that regardless of their exemption (along with politicians) they should consider why people choose to be on the DNCR. I didn't join it just because I hate being hassled by companies; I signed up for the DNCR so everyone stops assuming that they can walk into my home, without even wiping their feet on the front doormat, and start gabbing at me about their interests with no regard for what I might be doing at that time. While I loathe the racism and xenophobia that brought it to national standing, I do think that the Howard principle should apply to my own abode: I will decide who comes into my home, and the circumstances in which they come.
Microsoft and Telstra do still ring up to say that our Internet is broken, and I have received a few calls from the ATO to state that the police have a warrant for my arrest, but by and large the DNCR has stopped companies from invading my personal castle.
Now I just have to teach the postie to read - or at least to read the signs on both sides of my letter box that direct 'No Junk Mail'.
As for emails... they are an unending nightmare that will take decades to fix!
I also hope to spend some quality time with the Privacy Act 1988 in the near future, if I can find said time - I suspect that companies like Veda are very much in breach of it and need desperately to be brought to heel.
Perhaps Choice might spend some time looking at ways we can protect ourselves from the constant privations of these privacy invaders?