I recently shopped at an electronics store and had cause for complaint under the data protection law. When I was about to make the purchase, the salesperson on duty asked:
“Can I have your full name, contact number, address and identity card number, please?”
Why would a store ever need my identity card number when all I’m doing is buying a product? I replied:
“Excuse me, why would you need my identity card number?”
“Sorry,” came his reply. “We don’t need it. Just the other information will do.”
He gave me a scrap of paper to write the information down. I did so. I was ...