I've used "Bill Me Later" exactly once via Paypal, to take advantage of a promotion that got me a $20 discount or credit or something (I don't remember the details exactly.)
Now, if you're anything like me, you rarely take the time to read through all the details of these things. For some reason, though, I decided to do so this time, and I was shocked at some of the stuff I found in there. Here are a couple of my favorites:
"...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, mobile network information, standard web log data and other information."
"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 Bill Me Later Services. For example, we may evaluate your computer, mobile phone or other access device to identify any malicious software or activity."
Wow. No thanks.
Is this truly something new or just now noticing? I recently switched to Google Chrome and, when attempting to sign-in to a bank account, I received a "we cannot identify your computer...requires verification" prompt. Big Brother is watching, better lay off the free porn sites.
Y'all have a great holiday weekend! BTW, where are you located in Williamsburg?
Remember that big public flap not long ago when Google made some changes to their policy that involved integrating people's information across various Google-related platforms? The primary "defense" they offered was, in effect, that this new policy really wasn't all that different from what they'd been doing all along. That motivated me to do some research about what, in fact, they had been doing all along, and I was pretty shocked. Since then I have assiduously avoided logging into my Google or Youtube accounts; I know they are still collecting some kinds of information, but presume that this limits the kinds of information they have access to (or at least what they can associate with my identify). I also refuse to use gmail, and I plan to begin weaning myself from Chrome soon. And I certainly won't be using Bill Me Later, nor creating an account with them as they ask me to do every time I use Paypal. (I understand that PayPal needs to have certain kinds of information about me, but I'm willing to let them in order to be able to use the service -- which I like to do to minimize the number of places that have my credit card number, which I think is a far greater concern.)
I actually live a couple of miles east of town, technically in York County but with a W'burg postal address. Not far from Busch Gardens, actually, but on the other side of the tracks.
Yes, I know the neighborhood(s) well. The McDonalds off of Rt 60 / 199 is a routine bathroom stop.
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