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# 177099 22-Jul-2015 14:09
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As a new owner of a 4WD Diamante, I am trying to find some information about my car, which as usual came without an owner's manual. I have been able to discover only one site, in Australia, that has a forum for (the Australian version of) these vehicles. It is called The Australian Magna Club. To post questions I decided to register. When I clicked on the link, I was presented with a form asking for more than the usual amount of information, though most of the questions were not unreasonable. However, I balked when asked for my exact date of birth (after having already given my full name).

The site does allow the birth date info to be hidden from public view, but there is nothing that says why the information is required, or what it might be used for. Also no indication as to how secure storage of that information might be on the site.

I am generally pretty careful about protecting my privacy and also information that might be used for identity theft, such as my birth date. So should I answer this? Is it a reasonable thing to ask for? I would be interested to know what others think.




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  # 1349811 22-Jul-2015 14:14
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The Volvo forums also ask for this...I think it's a standard form used by many when signing up. 

Put anything you like in there...it'll likely be verifying you're over 21 or some such.




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  # 1349812 22-Jul-2015 14:15
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Yep, a bit like those forms that require you to "enter a valid post code" (especially UK ones).  Well, there are a lot of valid post codes to choose from

 
 
 
 


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  # 1349817 22-Jul-2015 14:23
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It's a default question on many forums. Move along, nothing to see here. If you're truly paranoid then give them 01/01/70

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  # 1349827 22-Jul-2015 14:43
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Talkiet: It's a default question on many forums. Move along, nothing to see here. If you're truly paranoid then give them 01/01/70

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This.

Part of it is to ensure you're of age to be on some forums. 




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  # 1349831 22-Jul-2015 14:56
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I put fake data into most registration forms.

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  # 1349837 22-Jul-2015 15:09
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I also don't like it when sites ask for more details than they need. Every time I order from Pizza Hut (for pickup), I'm asked whether I'd like to create an account. Creating an account requires providing a physical address... and it's validated against a database so even entering "pickup only" as the address doesn't work!

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  # 1349838 22-Jul-2015 15:20
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Yep - I was a member of that forum when I lived over there (and a highly awesome Magna). They're a good bunch and happy to share some valuable advice and experience.

Enjoy your Maggie!

 
 
 
 


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  # 1349926 22-Jul-2015 16:53
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Yes. 1/1/01. : )

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  # 1349963 22-Jul-2015 17:30
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the forum will probably just want it so it can send you a happy birthday email :)

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# 1349965 22-Jul-2015 17:33
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Talkiet: If you're truly paranoid then give them 01/01/70


Unless of course your birthday is 01/01/70


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  # 1349971 22-Jul-2015 17:39
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I always put in the same fake birthdate.  So I remember what it is if asked to reset password etc, but isnt my real one to avoid identity theft.





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  # 1349973 22-Jul-2015 17:50
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I use false data if I don't like the site or just want something once but I try to be honest with those I intend to keep using, like GZ.





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  # 1350369 23-Jul-2015 12:50
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Blame meddling child protection laws that make sites not serve under 13s for this carryon. Just lie. Like whenever steam asks before showing something or if you want to look at a beer website etc.




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  # 1350395 23-Jul-2015 13:25
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Yeah I finally just registered with an arbitrary date. But they could just ask if I am over 18 or whatever. Other sites do that. They don't need to know my precise birth date. In this age of Internet identify fraud that doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the judgement of those behind the site.
 




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