Original post made by ValuesPrivacy on Aug 21, 2006
I understand that this is a good way of raising funds for the schools in general, I understand that parents forget to do a simple thing such as enrolling while facing the challenge of 'life', I understand that one call on the schools part can get more parents enrolled - hence getting them the much needed funds ... but I value my privacy, I do not want my enrollment information to be made public !
on Aug 22, 2006 at 5:20 am
"ESI shall provide the following information to the designated school or organization of your choice: your name, address, telephone number, email address, whether or not you have debit/credit or grocery loyalty cards signed up on the program, total purchase amount made with your registered cards, total contribution paid in your name, and your enrollment date. Your organization will not receive any complete card numbers or specific purchase details. Purchase information shared with Program merchants is for the purpose of administering and auditing the Program."
Personally, I think escrip is making a real mistake. They should easily give you the ability to have only your name/selectable contact info provided to the school coordinator. I like the idea of signing up, but I don't really care to have my aggregate spending info provided outside of escrip (as boring as it is). I would be much more willing to sign up if they did this. I would imagine that some individuals may even wish to go so far as to remain anonymous from the school perspective.
The should also give a straightforward mechanism to "opt out" of any 3rd party marketing. In fact, I thought that Federal privacy laws more of less required this, so escrip may willingly comply with this.
on Aug 23, 2006 at 10:20 am
I signed up with eScrip when my son started preschool a year ago.
Much of the information being released to the school (name, address, phone, email) is information my son's school already has.
Does it matter that my son's preschool director now also knows my enrollment date with eScrip? Darn, I wanted to keep that a secret!
Do I care that she knows whether or not I have registered a debit card or credit card or grocery loyalty card with eScrip? Alert the media, I have a credit card!
Do I care whether the director can see that I contributed $5.83 through eScrip in a given month? No. Is this earth shattering information? No.
Do I like getting emails from Macy's and Club Cruise and other "3rd party marketing" companies twice a month? No. That's why I clicked a little sentence at the bottom of the last email labeled "To unsubscribe, click here."
Schools are scrambling to get any funds they can just to stay in operation. Don't try to scare people away from one of the best funding sources available.
If you don't like the concept of eScrip, just don't sign up.
on Aug 23, 2006 at 11:14 am
I don't care about most all of the stuff that Parent listed, but there's one that was skipped:
Do I care that my total purchase amount is disclosed?
Yep, you bet.
I believe talking about it IS the most effective way to get them to change their policy to accomodate those of us who do happen to care.