Thursday, July 22, 2010

"We Print Everything"

If you walk around the mall, you'll notice stores that offer various printing services -- from business cards, to invitations, to posters, to tarpaulins, and yes, even IDs. Ideally, the IDs are meant to be printed for companies, to be used by their employees. It's not hard to imagine, however, that scheming minds avail of the service for a different purpose.

Just this week, I happened to see a customer working with the staff of one such store to tweak the layout of an alumni card. She was changing the name originally printed on it and inserted a picture of another person.
Admittedly, I can't say for sure what that card will be used for. The thing is, neither can they. What unsettles me is that they didn't even consider making inquiries or taking steps to ensure that it wouldn't be used illegally as part of its responsibility. These people don't ask questions; they just do as they are told. It's a scary thought that someone can just go to stores like that and potentially put your name and picture on a card and pass that off as yours, for whatever purpose it may serve. Businesses such as that open the door to fraud. They shouldn't be permitted to keep engaging in that service without being required to come up with safeguards against possible abuses. As with anything potentially dangerous, best to nip it in the bud.

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