OT: CompUSA Collecting personal information / Is this a trend?
rmello at fslc.usu.edu
Mon Jan 31 20:26:44 MST 2005
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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