You understand your costs are lower because of things like that. This is nothing new under the sun. I saw posts going back to 2013 in these forums about this. If you don’t go through every menu/screen/option of your phone (or any device for that matter) and every screen/option of any account settings associated with those devices, then you have failed yourself.
Our technical knowledge/interest or lack of is no excuse for not knowing our equipment and letting something like this surprise us.
To quote you, “…Republic wants to sell your info and market you crap…like everybiody else.”, why is this a surprise if everyone does it?
The same concept applies to things like AdBlocker. If everyone uses AdBlocker, then eventually the free websites will not be able to sustain as free websites. (btw I use AdBlocker because I know not everyone will use it, but that’s another argument on another post)