Re: the loss of privacy

Michael M. Butler (butler@comp*
Tue, 24 Feb 1998 23:37:28 -0800

I'm looking into whether GTE will give one a phone w/o requiring your SSN.
I know PacBell will--they'll ask for a (possibly huge) deposit,
but they'll do it.

At 09:46 PM 2/23/98 -0800, you wrote:
>Michael Lorrey writes
>: ... I'll bet that if I wanted to, I could in one hour or less, find out
>: a significant amount of information about any American on this list, that
>: you would normally consider to be highly private information. Probably at
>: least some information you would normally think it would be illegal for me
>: to gain access to. This is the sort of big brother society that has been
>: warned of, but everybody is so absorbed in their own consumer satisfaction
>: that they have no idea of how much of their privacy they have given up.
>Portable telephones have become so cheap that I recently decided to get one
>and see whether it makes a difference in my life. So I dropped in at the
>Sprint* sales office across the street from where I earn my daily bread --
>and was asked for my pSeudo Security Number, for a credit check. "I'm not
>going to further compromise my privacy for a luxury," I said, and left.
>But maybe that was a pointless gesture...
>(*Sprint is one of the four biggest telephone companies here)
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