Privacy is a thing of the past. Unless, and until, we decide to take back our rights, expect this to continue. And even to expand!
Did you know, for example, that PayPal gives us the terms in writing? Have you read these closely?
For example, did you know that there is such a thing as a Privacy Regulator? i.e. – Government?
This can be found in their Binding Corporate Rules section
That was most enlightening!
Now, this is what they report on how the collect information (data) on you.
How we collect information about you
When you visit the PayPal.com website or use PayPal Services, we collect information sent to us by your computer, mobile phone or other access device. The information sent to us includes data on the pages you access, your computer IP address, device identifiers, the type of operating system you’re using, your location, mobile network information, standard web log data and other information. Web log data includes the browser type you’re using and traffic to and from our site. When you visit the PayPal.com website or use PayPal Services, we also collect information about your transactions and your activities.
In addition, if you open a PayPal account or use PayPal Services, we may collect the following types of information:
- Contact information, such as your name, address, phone, email, and other similar information.
- Financial information, such as the full bank account numbers, and/or credit card numbers that you link to your PayPal account or give us when you use PayPal Services.
- Detailed personal information such as your date of birth or social security number.
We may also obtain information about you from third parties such as credit bureaus and identity verification services.
In order to help protect you from fraud and misuse of your personal information, we may collect information about your use and interaction with our website or PayPal Services. For example, we may evaluate your computer, mobile phone or other access device (we all know that our ‘Privacy Regulator’ does this to us. Now, we know that many others do as well) to identify any malicious software or activity.
We may also collect additional information from or about you in other ways, such as (but not limited to?) through contact with our customer support team, results when you respond to a survey and from interactions with members of the eBay Inc. corporate family or other companies.
Then eBay has its own set of guidelines you should read. Followed by yet more groups of Intel gathering orgs. Did you really know the extent to which you are being probed? If this doesn’t give you the eebie jeebies, nothing will.