You know the drill - you go to pay for something at a retail store and they ask for your phone number or zip code or e-mail address. They ask the question like it is the most natural thing in the world. They imply that your transaction won't happen unless you provide this information. They expect that you won't question their motives and won't engage in anything confrontational related to their question.
It is getting worse; I don't know if there was a national memo to all the retailers of America but when I was shopping in the Plaza in Kansas City a store clerk asked for an entire profile before you got to give them money for the sale - full name, address, e-mail and phone number. I heard my friend reply with all of this information and it was everything I could do to not yell "stop giving away your privacy". I was up next.Read More