Apple Store purchases - drivers license required?

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  1. Targets R Us macrumors newbie

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    Was at the Apple store yesterday to upgrade to a new Apple Watch and was (unpleasantly) surprised to see that Apple required copying down my drivers license information in order to complete the purchase.

    Is this a new Apple policy?

    Seems to fly in the face of Apple's stated position on privacy.

    -tnx,
    Jeff
     
  2. Tech198 macrumors G5

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  3. jazz1 macrumors 68000

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    Where you paying in cash or credit card?
     
  4. Banglazed macrumors demi-god

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    This isn't about privacy but more about to prevent fraud. These are high priced items. It's common practice or procedure. Are you part of the iPhone Upgrade Program? If so, they may be using it to verify billing address and your identity as well as any credit card payment must match the name on ID, for any pick up and any trade-in for gift card to be issued to you.
     
  5. Targets R Us thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Paid with a credit card.

    While I get the concern about theft, it is about privacy from my point of view. I have purchased several MacBooks over the past 2 years at the same store and have never been asked to provide any PII. This wasn't just asking to look at my DL, they copied down the actual information.

    -Jeff
     
  6. chscag macrumors 68040

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    The Apple Store was protecting themselves in case you were not the real credit card holder. Many stores do the same thing and personally I don't blame them. I understand about privacy concerns and identity theft, but sometimes you just have to comply or go elsewhere to make your purchase.
     
  7. Targets R Us thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That would be Annapolis, MD and I used a VISA credit card....

    -Jeff
     
  8. BorderingOn macrumors 6502

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    From the link:

     
  9. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    I am in the closer-in Washington, DC suburbs and I don't have any problem with a store requesting to see further information beyond my credit or debit card, especially if I am making a purchase of several hundred dollars or more. In my state, driver's licenses no longer contain the person's social security number, but rather some other number apparently plucked out of the air at the time of issuing so now the particular bit of actual SS information which was formerly shown is not being revealed when anyone else looks at my driver's license. All they see is my (gawdawful unflattering) photo, my name and address, with some additional state-issued driver's license number that is not my SS number, my DOB, the expiration date of the license, and that is that. So, since I am not attempting to conceal my identity or my address, what difference does it make in terms of privacy just what an employee at the Apple store (or some other place) sees and records? They ask for a photo ID, I pull out the driver's license and this is all just part of the transaction. Sure, if I'm making a purchase of $40.00 as opposed to a purchase of something in the hundreds or thousands of dollars, I could see where that might be a mildly annoying nuisance, but I can well understand that if I'm standing there in the Apple store about to buy an MBP and putting charges of over $4000.00 on my credit or debit card, they'd want to make darned sure that I was really the person I claim to be and that the credit or debit card in my possession actually really was mine.....
     
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    I have never had to do any more than show the Apple Store employee my drivers license when picking up an online purchase at any of the Apple Stores local to me. Never have they scanned it or recording any information from it. That seems a little excessive.
     
  11. Targets R Us thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I left feedback on this on the post purchase survey that Apple sent me. Not really expecting to hear or see anything from it...

    -Jeff
     
  12. Clix Pix, Oct 26, 2018
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    Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    Yes, one has to provide ID when picking up an online purchase, and that certainly makes sense. The employee looks at it and verifies that, yes, this is the individual authorized to pick up the item and that's that. If I recall correctly this is stated right in the email that one gets when the item has arrived at the store, ready for pickup. Photo ID required.....

    I also daresay that those of us who are living in larger urban areas, especially those which have a lot of transient activity, are going to be more likely to encounter requests for photo ID and such than someone living in some small town where many people know each other and shopkeepers recognize their customers on sight. Apple Stores are not usually located in small towns, though......

    Again, though, I reiterate: if I am making a $4000 purchase at the Apple store I really have no objection to any store employee needing to verify that I am who I claim to be, requesting a photo ID with address information, etc., and that I am authorized to use the credit or debit card with which I am making the purchase. Common sense, really!
     
  13. Targets R Us thread starter macrumors newbie

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    All well and good (looking at a DL to verify identity) but it violates Apple's agreement with VISA when using a 'chip card.'

    -Jeff
     
  14. rem2, Oct 28, 2018
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    rem2 macrumors newbie

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    I too experienced the issue of my Drivers License info being copied at the Apple store when I picked up my iPhone XR on 19/26 and thought it strange as that had never happened before over the last 14 years shopping at the same store.
     

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