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Privacy Please

When I divulge my personal details and information, I expect it to be kept private. Even from the employees. You see, when I hand my information over (like address and telephone number), I trust the school to keep it professional and not let their employees make use of the said info for personal gains.

I went to this institution recently and I filled in a form which means that I have to surrender my address and telephone number. One of the staff took the information and decided to call me asking me if I needed his services (outside of what the institution offered - or rather, supplementary to it). I felt that it was violating some form of rule here.

You are not supposed to call me on a personal basis - unless it is something related to the institution.

The same thing goes with large companies. I have had people from airlines call me offering me opportunities on the pre-text that they belong to the same company. I don't believe that. Telecommunication companies too. I have given them my personal information trusting that they will not misuse it or share it with anyone else.

The next time this person suggests to me his services again, I am going to cite some law or threaten to complain about his unethical behavior. I am sure it will put him in his place and remind him that the law in his country of origin may be different, but he is threading on a fine line. With me, at least. :-)

And people sometimes wonder why I don't answer calls from phone numbers I don't recognize and prefer to use email instead. As it is, I already feel like hitting the 'report spam' button in email, what more on the phone.


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