[Politech] Privacy questions about entering buildings, showing ID [priv]

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Sun Sep 28 2003 - 22:46:30 PDT

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    Subject: Privacy Policy - Buildings
    Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2003 21:06:44 -0400
    From: "Trotter, Frank" <Frank.Trotter@private>
    To: "Declan McCullagh" <declan@private>
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    This group and many other spend a lot of time considering the privacy
    issues surrounding the online community.  A corollary that I haven't
    seen come up is the practice of collecting what seems to be a
    significant amount of personal information at the entry to buildings,
    especially in New York and other large cities.  While the practice is
    uneven across the country, it is growing.
    I need to enter these building to conduct meetings.  At the same time I
    worry about issues ranging from the traditional fear that someone now
    clearly knows I am out of town, has my address, and with an accomplice
    can organize a robbery (also the old-time ruse when collecting a phone
    number on a credit card receipt), identity theft using the data, and
    dissemination of any data collected without my permission or knowledge.
    I don't even know who the people collecting my information work for, or
    who owns the computer and the database where the information is
    dutifully stored.
    =>	Is there any current regulation for the collection of this
    information (I certainly don't lean toward regulation but it would be
    nice to know)?
    =>	Does anyone on this list work in a building where this is done;
    so what is you company's policy?
    =>	How long is this information retained and who has access?
    All the best,
    Frank Trotter
    President - Everbank
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