Following in the footsteps of others, Best Buy and HSBC Bank send private information without a method of notifying them of their mistake. They obviously do not bother to verify email addresses. So, Tom H***** is getting information from Best Buy about his account ending in 8954 sent to us.
The kicker is that Best Buy and HSBC included the statement that “We maintain strict security standards and procedures to prevent unauthorized access to information about you.” I guess that is, unless of course HSBC and Best Buy send it to the wrong email address they do not bother to verify them.
After speaking with a supervisor, they intended to “try to find the account number” and delete it, but apparently there is no method for them to look up an account number by email address, name or last four digits.
After our update from last week and 3 calls to BMW FInancial, BMW is still sending Sandra A’s private information to us. Now, BMW Financial assured me that they would look into the problem of why they were sending someone else’s private information to me and correct it. Alas it appears they did not. And they still provide no simple means of notifying them of their mistake.
Dear Sandra Axxxxxxxx:
The payment for your 2006 BMW 325xi was received on 11/15/2009 and applied to your account.
Payment Amount : $430.57
Confirmation Code : 939159xx
Please allow up to 3-5 additional business days for your payment to be reflected on your bank account statement.
Please do not reply to this message. Replies to this message are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions regarding your account, please go to the My Account website http://www.bmwusa.com/myaccount and click the ‘Priority Email’ link or call 1-800-578-5000, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.
And yet another example for poor privacy practices by Continental Airlines sending me flight check-in information for “Annmrs Zgonena”. Now it seems a bit strange that someone would be using an email address that does not belong to them to book a flight and the airlines wouldn’t know it. But it is also amazing the amount of information they share including the confirmation number, complete itinerary and the food selection with a complete stranger.
To make matters worse, Continental provides no method to notify them that someone is not using their own email address to book a flight.
As a follow-up, HomeDepot is yet another company that plays fast and lose with your privacy. Check the email out below.
HomeDepot should be including a link to report problems that are either fraud or honest errors. Likewise, HomeDepot should take the time to proofread their emails in order to ensure that they make sense.
Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 9:54 AM
subject DO NOT REPLY: The Home Depot Home Services Appointment Details [47638xx]
Dear: Paul Jxxxxxx,
Thank you for submitting your information with The Home Depot’s Installation Services:
Our representatives will contact you within 24 to 48 hours.
This is an unmonitored mailbox; please do not reply directly to this e-mail.
If you are not the intended recipient of this message, or if this message has been sent to you in error, please immediately alert the sender by reply e-mail and then delete this message, including any attachments.
Nice article here on the ObamaCare bribe.
The Un-Constitutionality of Health Care ‘Reform’ was detailed September 29, 1993 in the Wall Street Journal, page A19. One of the few locations of the article on-line is here. Some selected quotations:
If the legality of a health-care package featuring federally mandated universal participation is litigated (and we can bet it will be), and the system is upheld, it will mark the final extension of this originally modest grant of federal authority. Thereafter, Congress will be able to regulate you not because of who you are, what you do for a living, or whether you use the interstate highways, but merely because you exist. …
One of the fundamental tenets underlying the Constitution of 1787 was that the federal government was a government of limited powers. Unlike the states, which had more general authority to regulate their citizens, the federal government was to be limited to those powers found within the four corners of the Constitution. In particular, Congress could exercise only that authority specifically granted to it by the people and the states.
There was a list — and not a very long list. One of the powers enumerated on it was the “Power . . . To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations and among the several States.”
If the courts uphold Congress’s authority to impose this system, they must once and for all draw the curtain on the Constitution of 1787 and admit that there isnothing that Congress cannot do under the Commerce Clause. The polite fiction that we live under a government of limited powers must be discarded — Leviathan must be embraced.
The implications of this final extension of the commerce power are frightening. If Congress can regulate you because you are , then it can do anything to you not forbidden by the handful of restraints contained in the Bill of Rights. For example, if Congress thinks Americans are too fat — many are — and this somehow will affect interstate commerce — who’s to say it doesn’t? — can it not decree that Americans shall lose weight? Indeed, under the new system, any activity that might increase the costs of health care might be regulatable.
Once Congress’s power is extended to every individual not because of his activities, but because he is, limits on its power will depend upon the fortitude and creativity of the courts. No American, whatever his policy views on health-care reform, should rejoice at the disappearance of the last fragments of the principle that the federal government is one of limited powers. It is indeed ironic, and sad, that as the rest of the world is discovering the virtues of limiting their governments, the U.S. seems hellbent on unleashing its own.
From our perspective, we won last night – Nancy Pelosi, Wednesday, November 4, 2009
After Democrats lost the Governors of NJ and VA while winning a race in NY. A few more “wins” like that, and Nancy Pelosi won’t be on the interview circuit!
This video was produced in 1948 and shows exactly the problems we face today (and for years), and the techniques that have been used for 50 years to accomplish the goals. Disunity and division, class-warfare, race relations are the techniques used to divide the free people and to so conquer and enslave them.
Everyone should take the few minutes to watch this and forward it along.
The percentage of taxes on GDP (in Pakistan) is among the lowest in the world… We (the United States) tax everything that moves and doesn’t move, and that’s not what we see in Pakistan. – October 29, 2009 Hillary Clinton (see article)
Reporter: Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?”
Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”
It is unbelievable that when asked where in the Constitution an individual mandate to buy health insurance is authorized, she responds with an “are you serious?” Talk about one of the most ignorant responses to a quesiton about the Constitution by a Speaker in history. Nancy Pelosi clearly has either not read the Constitution or the Federalist Papers or her own power is more important to her than the law of the land.
The people who voted for her should be ashamed of themselves for electing someone who is as foolish and uninformed as this woman. Her interest in power over the people of the United States trumps all concern for freedom, liberty and the Constitution.