And now, our no-privacy policy

How pleasantly surprised I was when we received a copy of the Privacy Policy from the builder of our condo. Just a few days into the new Canadian legislation and here was a business proactively informing me!

“Vendor shall not sell or otherwise provide or distribute such personal information to anyone (GOOD – THEY CARE ABOUT OUR PRIVACY) other than the following entities, namely to: (LET’S SEE WHO?)

a) any companies ….associated with, related to or affiliated with the Vendor…developing communities that may be of interest to the Purchaser….selling various products and / or services…

b) one or more third party data processing companies which handle or process marketing campaigns on behalf of Vendor….

c) any financial institution(s) …wishing to provide ….financing, banking…related services …

d) any insurance company…wishing to provide… insurance coverage …to the Property …and/or common elements…

f) one or more provider of cable television, telephone, security….”

HOLD ON THERE! Just because we bought something, does not mean we want to be on your mailing list or the mailing lists of related suppliers.

To their credit, the company did put their non-obligatory recipients first. They could have listed the legally required (tax, bank, solicitors etc.) first and buried the others in legal boredom at the end.

The personal magnitude of this transaction caused me to pay attention. Think about the multitude of financial and non-financial transactions we engage in each day. How many times do we leave a key that identifies us personally or geographically?

Nice to know that companies have some obligations to us. Is it fair to put the burden of fine print on each one of us? Shouldn’t we at least be required to sign a plain language consent if we want to give up our privacy? Shouldn’t it also give us a clear statement about what we are getting in return — besides junk mail ‘opportunity’?


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Community, systems, design, collaboration, change, evidence, Intelligent Accountability(c)
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