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2014-03-06

Banks are training you to be dumb

How many places that you do business require your social security number and/or a copy of your government issued ID?

LIBERTIES WE HAVE GIVEN UP:
People that lend you money?
Air transportation?
Purchasing alcohol, tobacco?
Get a job?
Purchasing firearms?
Entering federal buildings?
Gas / electric providers?
Phone providers?
Banks where you deposit money?
Manufacturer of your cell phone?
Places where you sell things online?
Places that you routinely purchase things online?
Internet service providers?
Accessing national parks?

LIBERTIES WE WILL GIVE UP SOON:
Places that you occasionally purchase things online?
Ground transportation?
Staying at a hotel?
Publishing mass circulation documents?
Publishing updates on social networks?
Buy car insurance?
Rent a DVD?
Buy groceries?

As more and more entities start asking for your papers, it is interesting to see that this is their first time handling and securing this personal private information. Here's one shining example of an email I received from Amazon(?) today.


They are making the same mistakes the banks have became an expert at making: request customers to send important personal information to some random phone number... with no way to validate this is a legitimate phone number.

Of course they training customers to to follow instructions they receive via insecure email to send personal information to fax number that Google will not confirm are legitimate.