Re: The End of Privacy ?
Fri, 26 Jun 1998 18:28:41 EDT

In a message dated 6/26/98 5:44:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< Oh yes they can. Credit card and debit card purchases directly access
financial databases. Authorities have the ability to put 'sniffers' on these
systems to track people by their purchase locations. This applies to hotels,
restaurants, etc. In fact, my bank was able to track me down while I was on
vacation last month to notify me of an account problem. Its kind of odd to
get a
phone call from your personal banker while having after dinner
miles away from home.... I shiver at the thought that some government fascist
might track me down and drag me away merely by my participation in the

No, you missed the point of that part of the article. The author didn't mean
track as in note when and where you used your government ID card (since the
government would OF COURSE be aware of when and where you used it, presumably,
excluding the use of it for entrance into clubs or such) but meant that the
government could actually track your movements even when you didn't use it.