Reply To: Collection of Personal Information by Businesses
In another life I served my time in a Radio Shack store. Back in those days, every sale had a hand-written receipt, that included the buyer’s name and address.
Many times, it was surprising how many people gave 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC as an address! It was hard to imagine how all these people were able to live at one place!
My manager was questioned as to whether we should accept that address, and his policy was “why not? Who are we to question it”. The only time we needed good identification was when someone was paying by check, then we needed to see a driver’s license, and note it’s number on the check.
Radio Shack used the harvested addresses to flood their customers with advertisements. In those days, they made money. When they stopped that, is when they started to lose money. And, today, where are they?