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Thursday, August 23, 2018
“Good morning, this is Blah, blah, Bla and Bla how may I help you?”
“Yes, I am calling about the sixty-five-cent piece of crap I ordered from you last week, I am wondering when I might expect delivery.”
“Certainly, I will first need a little information. Your full name, address, birth date and social security number so we can authenticate your order.”
How often in your life does this happen? You visit a doctor, you order a prescription, you renew your license, you make a reservation, you buy gum…everyone wants you name, address, birthdate and social security number. You give it because you need to see the doctor, need the prescription, have to have a license, or dammit, you just want some gum!
However, what are you constantly warned about in order to avoid identity theft?
Do not give anyone you name, address, birthdate and social security number as with that information a thief can steal your money, get phony credit cards in your name, ruin your credit, and leave you homeless.
In this age of technology, we are told that our fingerprints are unique and cannot be counterfeited. Our voice print is unique and cannot be duplicated. Our DNA is unique and cannot be reproduced. Why can’t we get things done without giving our personal information to everyone and their great Aunt Tilly in order to exist in the world? Why can’t we be identified by means that is proven to be unique, safe and secure?
If I need to see a doctor, get a prescription, get a license or buy some gum, you shouldn’t need my name, address, birthdate or social security number. I should be able to confirm my identity by pressing my thumb on a pad, speaking into a mike, or spitting into a cup.
“I’d like a pack of Dentine please.”
“Certainly, could you just spit in this cup?”
“Sure, Chaa-cha spa-too.”
“Thank you, Mr. Hagy, here you are, that will be a dollar twenty-five.”
“Sure, now could you please just press your thumb on my phone app as my receipt?... Thank you, Miss Jones.”
You all have a nice identity-theft-less day now.