PayPal is a great service, leading the charge towards a digital currency that skips over borders. Unfortunately, they too have fallen towards the sentiment that your private information shoudl be public by default to further “advertising and marketing.”
This is enabled by default. I had to read halfway down through a muti-page email they sent me today before I found out about it. (Only because the email mentioned the word “Errors” which when associated with PayPal, perks my ears up!)
Anytime my information is being used by other companies, I want to know about it – Up front, right away. Unfortunately, I have come to expect that I won’t.
You can disable the PayPal sharing under My Account > More Options > Notifications