Liz Klimas reports:
The bottom line is at the end of the article. If corporations that ask you for personal information are trying to keep that information out of anyone else's hands, it's only because they want you to trust them with more personal information.
As always, this web site recommends: (1) Never tell any electronic device anything that you would really object to having printed in a newspaper...even if it were titled The Leavenworth Lifers' Letter.
(2) Never give identity and contact information to a private company. Do business as "Cash Customer." Some of the businesses that are really trying to "protect" information that might be useful for law enforcement purposes are also trying to sell that information...for a better price.