Privacy can be inconvenient (25 Jul, 2018)

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Privacy can be inconvenient (25 Jul, 2018)

Postby aardvark_admin » Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:21 am

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Does anyone remember (or still use) the good old-fashioned printed phone book?

How on earth did we cope with having our addresses and phone numbers on public display for *anyone* to access?

In an era where mobile is rapidly eclipsing land-line phone connections, how do you go about finding out someone's number if you wish to call them?

How do you get someone's email address?

Are we all just getting a little paranoid these days?
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Re: Privacy can be inconvenient (25 Jul, 2018)

Postby goosemoose » Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:59 am

A phone book only contains a couple pieces of information. You can bet your bottom dollar that a "registry" will have hell of a lot more in it than just name, address and phone number. I could probably do a bit more with registry data.
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Re: Privacy can be inconvenient (25 Jul, 2018)

Postby phill » Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:38 pm

https://www.elections.org.nz/voters/get ... nal-safety

i did not even know there was facility to be on an unpublished roll
i doubt many would be
if you go to a major library they will have most of the current ones available ( some have them all most only a few local ones )

the personal information on the roll is more than in a telephone book
( ,,,,,,,, ....... A E I O U use em sparingly theres probably not enough )

i might live and eat in a sewer .. but hey look how many of these shiney things i have got
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Re: Privacy can be inconvenient (25 Jul, 2018)

Postby Perry » Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:23 pm

If nothing else, this sort of thing further confirms that technology is out-pacing humans' abilities to grasp it / understand it / appreciate it / cope with it / curse it / avoid it / be scared by it / regulate it, etc.
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Re: Privacy can be inconvenient (25 Jul, 2018)

Postby hiscoca » Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:24 pm

Yep in the older days you could go to many public resources and find significant info on an individual, still can but there is a market for this info so businesses have become involved.
At one stage in my career I worked for a diplomatic mission and was permitted to be have my details not on the Electrol Roll, was ex directory for phone and even better was exempt Jury service.
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