I'm amazed by the number of people, who for an initial reward of a paltry 15 pounds sterling and 16.4p per day thereafter are ready and willing to submit personally identifiable information about themselves and their mobile activity, via indeterminate software, to a hitherto unknown private venture-capital funded company located in Seattle.
Incidentally, I'm very curious to know why the same type of data from the mobiles of our transatlantic cousins is worth only £8.06 intial reward followed by a mere 9p per day?
If you still have confidence in the security of your personal data then let me admit that I shared your views at one time... That is until my C.C. company informed me that due to a leakage of theirs, my C.C. details were amongst a list currently being circulated for sale... They would be issuing me with a new card immediately and would I please alter my sign-in and password ASAP! ... And yes, it was a bona-fide communication, not one of the many scam emails that we all regularly receive.
Oh! And before anybody mentions the sweepstake that you gain entry to... It runs for eight months, from May to December and IF you chance to win the ONE prize of a 40" flat-screen TV, then... "The TV must be collected from M:Metrics Limted at 65-66 Frith Street London W1D 3JR between 15 January 2007 and 19 January 2007 or prize will be forfeited. Winner may be responsible for any shipping costs." Added to which we find that "Winner will be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity release (except where prohibited), which must be signed, notarized and returned to M:Metrics within 7 days of attempted delivery of same. Noncompliance within this condition will result in forfeiture of prize." and also... "M:Metrics reserves the right in its sole discretion, to cancel, or suspend this Prize Draw..." So I think that the idea of ever actual winning this magnificent? prize can be safely discounted as an incentive to join.
Yes, I know, nobody is forcing me to join, I can take it or leave it... as you may gather, I'll have rather less chance than any of you of winning the Grand Prize of a 40" HDTV-Ready LCD Television... alas!
Another point to ponder may be F.A.S.T.? Securing access to confidential details doesn't appear to be all that unusual in the States, from what little I've learned! Let he who is without sin, etc.... This comment may elicit a veritable landslide from a certain awarner (MVP) perhaps?
I remain stunned that your personal privacy has so little value to some of you that aspects of it can be bought by a virtually unknown outside agency for 0.7 pence an hour!
All the above IMHO, etc.