Everything for sale under one roof, including privacy
Makro-Habib, the hypermarkets that has come to Karachi and soon will be opening up more branches, has an interesting way of keeping track of their customers’ buying habits: to buy anything at one of their outlets, you need to have a special card made for which you must give them a copy of your ID card or your home address/phone number.
I can see how Makro would benefit from this: they would have a shopping history of each and every customer who ever shops there. But at what cost to our privacy? Makro, whose parent company is Dutch, I believe, wouldn’t dare impose such a gross invasion of privacy on their European clients. Keeping track of purchases is itself a dubious tactic from a privacy perspective, but requiring customer to be identifiable by name and address? That’s unbelievable.