posted on Jan, 29 2011 @ 02:13 AM
Originally posted by baphomet420
the privacy issue... before you pay that water bill that they no longer are accepting cash for... look at the envelope it came in... does it have
your name on it? does it have your address on it? even if you were to pay with cash, they know that you paid with cash... you are not exactly
flying below the radar are you?
Obviously you didn't think this through.
In your scenario if paid by cash somebody would have to access the water companies record system in order to know how much water you used.
Those working in the Water Company would only know where you live and when you paid your bill as it is not connected with any other entities.
If you pay with a credit card your card number will now be on file. That file means anyone with access to that information can abuse it - that is
certain water company employees or any hacker who happens onto their network.
The biggest difference is that somebody with access to your credit card can now see what residences you pay water bills at as well as other bills all
by accessing one record. Otherwise someone wanting that information would have to physically do the leg work in order to obtain that information.
By looking at your credit card record every transaction you make becomes connected to every entity you do business with.
Again, if you use cash somebody would have to follow you around or find all your receipts - if you didn't burn them in the fireplace. If you have two
or three residences as many older people do they would have to do allot of work to really know how much water you use wouldn't they?
For all intensive purposes taking ones ability to pay in cash essentially removes a large portion of privacy from their life.
Privacy is an inherent human right. We even have a Constitution that reminds our government of that. Where I spend the fruits of my labors is my
private business. I'm not required to keep a ledger of every dollar I spend.
edit on 29-1-2011 by verylowfrequency because: (no reason given)