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Sears Roebuck and Privacy

By wiredog in News
Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 10:43:33 PM EST
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So we find out yesterday that Sears installs spyware on customer's machines. Oops.

But wait! There's more!


Go to "managemyhome.com", a site linked to from the Sears website .

Create an account. You don't have to enter valid information here. So you can do this totally anonymously. There isn't even the minimal validation of requiring a valid email address that K5 used to require.

From the "Home" menu, choose "Home Profile". Then (in the upper right, under "Sears Purchase History") Find Your Products.

What comes up next is a form where you enter the name, address and phone number of the person whose purchases you wish to view. Then select "Find Products."

Then enter a different name, address, and phone number. Select "Find Products".

Yes, you too can find out what anyone (relatives, friends, neighbors, that girl you are stalking) has bought at Sears provided you have their name, address, and phone number. And you can do it anonymously.

My purchases, Dad's purchases, your purchases, Rusty's purchases, in the brick and mortar stores and online, going back to the last century, are available online for the amusement of anyone who cares to find out.

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Sears Roebuck and Privacy | 24 comments (13 topical, 11 editorial, 0 hidden)
this is a new development on the slashdot story (3.00 / 4) (#3)
by circletimessquare on Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 01:28:11 PM EST

and if you discovered it yourself, it's blogging gold, and could even make the evening news

this should +1fp therefore asap

but if you just found this out from some other site, and didn't attribute where you got the info, then -1, and fuck you

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

Fuck you (3.00 / 2) (#4)
by MrHanky on Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 01:33:06 PM EST

may have a point there.


"This was great, because it was a bunch of mature players who were able to express themselves and talk politics." Lettuce B-Free, on being a total fucking moron for Ron Paul.
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Check the "There's more!" Link... (2.25 / 4) (#5)
by wiredog on Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 01:39:58 PM EST

I read that one first, then documented (which documentation you see here) it as I went through it myself.

The idea of a global village is wrong, it's more like a gazillion pub bars.
Phage
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half there so (1.50 / 2) (#6)
by circletimessquare on Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 01:44:53 PM EST

+1 fp anyways, send it to voting asap

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

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Sears has shut the barn door. (3.00 / 2) (#12)
by vectro on Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 03:38:41 PM EST

I get a message that "this feature is disabled at this time". It's a little late now, of course -- and what are the odds they even know whose information they disclosed?

“The problem with that definition is just that it's bullshit.” -- localroger
Yep. Pity the horse is over the county line. (none / 1) (#17)
by wiredog on Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 05:06:00 PM EST


The idea of a global village is wrong, it's more like a gazillion pub bars.
Phage
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What horse? (none / 0) (#19)
by givemegmail111 on Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 05:45:42 PM EST

Did you find anything juicy? Spill it.

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The one that escaped from the barn. (none / 1) (#22)
by wiredog on Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 10:09:44 PM EST


The idea of a global village is wrong, it's more like a gazillion pub bars.
Phage
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CLEARLY (none / 1) (#15)
by Stick Apart on Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 04:31:33 PM EST

Sears had done this to make it easy to know what items your family and friends might like, based on what they have already, or what you oughtn't get them, as they may already have it!

Well, something like that...
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Aw... (none / 0) (#20)
by LilDebbie on Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 07:51:53 PM EST

They disabled it already.

My name is LilDebbie and I have a garden.
- hugin -

which is why it was debatable (3.00 / 2) (#21)
by Teocanacatl on Fri Jan 04, 2008 at 09:24:04 PM EST

to vote this up.

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I'm sorry (none / 0) (#23)
by the77x42 on Sun Jan 06, 2008 at 03:34:17 AM EST

What possible purpose could a site like this serve?

If a person is looking to buy me a gift and they don't see it on the website, wouldn't they consider the possibility I could have bought it from a different store?

To open up a database of the size to the public, and to build the web interface, etc. must have cost Sears at least a few grand. What's the benefit?

What's more, if Sears already has on record all the shit I've bought, why do they need to see a fucking receipt all the time?

Obviously, this is not a good use of technology, except if I'm a burglar casing your joint.


"We're not here to educate. We're here to point and laugh." - creature
"You have some pretty stupid ideas." - indubitable ‮

wait, I don't get it (none / 0) (#24)
by the77x42 on Sun Jan 06, 2008 at 03:35:59 AM EST

when I by something, where do they get all this information? i don't give them an address or phone number, and i don't have a sears card...

if i did have a sears card, i'd hope something like this would be in the card agreement.


"We're not here to educate. We're here to point and laugh." - creature
"You have some pretty stupid ideas." - indubitable ‮

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