OT: CompUSA Collecting personal information / Is this a trend ?
Jeff.Nyman at caselle.com
Tue Feb 1 10:34:14 MST 2005
I worked in construction for many years and this is common practice for
many contractors. Building permits are public record. I would often
go to cities to see who was building so I could go to the contractor
and see if he needed a painter.
jln at caselle.com
support at caselle.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: plug-bounces at plug.org [mailto:plug-bounces at plug.org]On Behalf Of
> Roberto Mello
> Sent: Monday, January 31, 2005 8:27 PM
> To: pluglist at plug.org
> Subject: Re: OT: CompUSA Collecting personal information / Is this a
> On Mon, Jan 31, 2005 at 01:15:27PM -0700, Jeff Schroeder wrote:
> > I agree wholeheartedly. There's a growing trend for companies to
> > request this sort of information, and as far as I can tell
> there's no
> > compelling reason for it. If you're buying an item, they
> already have
> > access to your credit card; it doesn't make sense to get
> your birthday,
> > SSN, driver's license number, favorite pizza topping, or whatever.
> A couple weeks ago I got a building permit from Provo city,
> so I can work
> on my basement (I didn't know I needed one when I started). I
> paid $73 for
> Last Friday I get a call from some dude in Salt Lake City:
> - "Hello Mr. Mello, we'd like to offer you a free quote on
> your basement
> - Me: "Huh? Who told you I was working on my basement?"
> - "Your building permit sir."
> - Me: "Oh. No, thanks, I don't need a quote."
> Call me naive but I didn't know a building permit for an amateur doing
> simple remodeling on his own house was public information. I
> felt really
> violated by the city.
> I jump on the 'net and find several companies who scour these building
> permit records and sell them to construction companies.
> Today I started receiving spam on my mail from several different
> companies, from garage door sellers to bath tub installation people.
> Anyone know what could I do about this with the city? I don't
> think this
> should be public information.
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