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Do you really need to give your IC number the next time you sign up for a spa package? Find out:

Do you really need to give your IC number the next time you sign up for a spa package? Find out:

You spot a good deal on a website – just $18 for a massage at a spa. When you arrive, they pass you a lengthy form to fill up, including your full name, address, phone number, identity card (IC) number and your medical history. And they want to make a photocopy of your IC too. You don’t feel comfortable with it and protest. “It’s company policy. You have to give us your full details,” insists the therapist. Or perhaps, you fill in a lucky draw coupon that promises a grand prize of a new car. You didn’t win it. However, you soon find yourself receiving all sorts of marketing emails and even calls, urging you to accept one-week free trials at the gym, for hair loss, even slimming treatments. Sometimes, they call you even when you’re abroad, racking up your phone bill unnecessarily. How did they get your contact? “We cannot disclose the source but it was from a database,” say...

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