The man taking my booking for a hotel room asked if I’d stayed there before.
I had, he looked up the records, confirmed the information he found was mine and checked that the details were up to date.
Then we got to requiring a credit card to secure the booking and he told me he had my number and asked if it was alright to use that card.
I am sure I had never been asked if the hotel could keep a record of my credit card.
I wonder how many other businesses routinely keep credit card and other information without telling the owner?
Given how easily Whaleoil was able to access personal information from a Labour Party website I’m not entirely relaxed about the idea that credit card numbers and other data might be stored by people who have a similarly lax attitude to security and privacy.
Whaleoil has said:
I have decided to withhold the vast bulk of material that I found, because I absolutely agree that as the law stands, everyday New Zealanders should be free to contribute to political parties without fear of their name being made public.
Not everyone who comes across private information would resist the temptation to use it, especially if there was the potential to gain from doing so.