You're being followed... seriously! I'm not joking...!

@diamania (7037)
Netherlands
August 31, 2009 10:29am CST
We all know that you're being asked for your address and telephone number on some sites when signing up. Do you always give out your address and stuff? Not only companies have interests in having your address and stuff stored in their databases for promotional purposes. Also governments and related organizations want to know who you are. Not only to be able to pick you out in case you download some illegal music but also when you're just insured by health care. Are you afraid that your information might be sold to third parties or used for other unwanted purposes? Do you have anything else to say? Spit it out!
12 responses
@levyx22 (187)
• United States
31 Aug 09
This is very similar to my discussion topic. THe scary part is that it is entirely true! We need to stop giving out personal information!
• United States
31 Aug 09
i totally agree i skipped it all.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
1 Sep 09
I wasn't aware of you having created a similar discussion. We indeed need to stop giving out our personal information. It's so scary when I suddenly get called from the USA , which has happened a few times now... stupid internet marketeers.
@med889 (5958)
1 Sep 09
Oh this is a nice post, a post which says what others do not even think about it, yeah I am also scared ofthe fact that we can be sued for something we do on the internet because we have our full details in sites which we follow though but I do not take it too seriously because like me there are millions out there.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
2 Sep 09
As long as you stick to the nettiquete then there is no problem for you. :)
• China
1 Sep 09
Well,in case your address or other personal info was taken by others,and I do not think there is too much to worry about,but there is no doubt that you have to learn to be good at handling it when you are aware of some guys may want something form you.Let me show you one thing which I always have to face after my cell number was open,you know,from time to time,I received many calls from others,and they all tried to act as your friends or relatives or someone you knew but you do you recognize,thet said they were in this and that trouble and want to meet you somewhere or want some money from you and promise to pay you back within days or two.You know I did get crazy about this when I was facing for the 1st time,but later on,I learn how to deal with it,it is simple,just asking they one simple question"Who are you?what is your full name?",then 100% they hang on.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
2 Sep 09
People do everything for money. Those fairy tales about people being good by nature is nonsense. You have those people who really do everything for money. I am glad you found out and don't fall for it anymore.
• Brazil
31 Aug 09
Well, I don't actually think there are government agents all over the countries in the world just to keep an eye on people. It's just a matter of thinking, how many internet users are there? To keep track of people is easier than you can imagine, you don't depend on internet forms for that. If you're filling up several forms in internet that require some private information, you can be sure you're either buying something, or asking for some sort of propaganda or even entering a scam. Other than the situations above, a website has no rights or good reasons to ask you for your phone number or other private information. And you should think twice before typing it over.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
1 Sep 09
No, but in theory you could be followed even if you aren't aware. I want to know your vision on privacy and what you do to protect yours and whether you have any other comments on privacy. ;)
@Sanziana (88)
• Romania
31 Aug 09
Hi, my opinion is that even if you choose to remain anonimous (in fact, as much as you'll want this to believe it's completely false, you'll never be like that) it doesn't matter too much your wish. Trust me, they don't need necessarily the address, the most fastest way of tracking you is through your IP! :) You think you are watched only here? I would say that mobile phone represents another tool for those who enjoy following us. Credit cards are also a good and useful tool, I guess. And there are still many, that's it.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
1 Sep 09
Indeed we are never completely anonymous and on the one hand this is perfectly okay because we want criminals to be caught easily and such but it's not cool when people can easily track you down through your social site profile.
@dianmelydia (2272)
• Indonesia
31 Aug 09
I think it is what people called with customer relationship management. But perhaps in different mindset. Some sites are affiliated with the other sites. For which site doing online marketing and internet offers, usually they will share their customers database information with their affiliations. Actually this could be considered as a crime because they break our privacy. But usually people who are their target won't mind to receive promotional emails or some interesting offers, while the other people perhaps will delete such emails as soon as possible when they received it in their mailbox. Usually some people will sent those emails to their junk mail folders. Selling customers information is a big business in internet marketing. Customer personal information is very important for targeting marketing strategy. The most common is my selling email address information to some affiliation marketing sites. Sometimes perhaps some legal organizations also did such things, so i think that's why such things is semi legal. No one can really sue other people for this matter. So, as an internet customer, all we can do is only beware when we want to enter our personal details on a website. Good luck and have a nice day. Happy mylotting.
@diamania (7037)
• Netherlands
1 Sep 09
All big internet marketeers have huge email lists they gain through tempting people to sign up for free ebooks, free this free that. By signing up you even agree to their terms which state that their emails are no spam because you agreed upon receiving emails from them. The biggest internet marketeers even have multiple sites and have colleagues with which they share their lists to reach the biggest amount of people possible. That's exactly the reason why my inbox is full of that stuff and frankly I can't be tempted to remove them.
@nakula2009 (2325)
• Indonesia
6 Sep 09
i think we should give the addres and phone number to keep this undesirable
@nakula2009 (2325)
• Indonesia
5 Sep 09
i think is very reasonable,if so,we must frovide the data/status of you
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
1 Sep 09
Many of us already knew about it. The only way to remain anonymous is by living away from society. No banking account, no registered mail, nothing about personal details written down. They can get our details through various means. I am not too worried, because paranoia may set in, and I become a complete recluse.
@sredith (239)
• United States
1 Sep 09
These kinds of things never bother me. The way I see it there is a whole world going on out there and a lot of these things really don't affect me. Honestly, I don't care if I get direct mail, or junk e-mail, or any of that stuff. I have more important things to worry about than whether or not companies have my information. As long as they're not stealing money from me, I'm good!
• Indonesia
1 Sep 09
Hi diamania At first, I don't know about this and always give my real information, including address, phone number, etc. But as time goes by, I feel really uncomfortable sharing my personal information to them. I mean, I don't know them, who they are, where they live and who will take responsibility of all my information ther and I just completing offers for some cents. I feel afraid and eventhough there's "We respect your privacy, never sell your info to third party", still I feel insecured. Thanks God, until now I have no spammer in my inbox (maybe because I'm from Asia). Since I found I register in many sites, so I make certain email address only for this sign up or joining site purpose, and one is for my friend and family. I use fake information and sometimes I use fake names, age, gender, etc, if I feel not sure with the site. I will change it into the real one later, if I've seen proof or I think that site can be trusted. So, I use fake information sometimes. Waw, really?! So they are able to pick me out in case I do something wrong? Thaks for your info and you've ensured me not to spread my real information everywhere
• United States
31 Aug 09
I'm sometimes worried - but I keep safe by only signing up for websites I feel okay about. I'm also signed up for inumbr which gives me a free number that forwards calls to my regular cell, and I don't use my primary e-mail address either. I also make sure that whenever I'm doing anytype of transaction the link starts with https:// or is through Pay Pal.