Trash-sourcing Information: A Case of Dial a Delivery

Your favorite fast food eatery has loads of information about you, especially if you prefer the pizza delivered to your doorstep by Dial a Delivery.  When you order food, they give you the option of paying via Mpesa among other mpay options, once paid, the delivery man comes with a receipt which has your order as well as your transaction particulars/details (name, phone number, residence, …).  This is where it gets complicated, if these receipts find their way to the trash can, dumpster divers will have a reason to smile all the way to their hacking stations.


The privacy and security threat posed by these receipts is a breeding ground for devising sophisticated fraud attacks out doing the MPESA frauds or stepping them to a whole new very convincing level. With a name and residence wordsmiths can dupe you with an SMS text to actually send them money over MPESA. The amount you spend on food which is indicated on the receipt might also give the ‘hackers’ a rough estimate of how much you may willingly send via MPESA without double checking. This gets weary for ladies; stalkers will know your favorite meal, favorite eat-out spot, when you’re likely home, home address and the precious phone number.

The value of trash-sourcing information has proved very valuable in the US and the bureau is formulating The 2011 FBI Domestic Surveillance Manual, expanding the FBI’s spying power which will turn 14,000 FBI agents into a dumpster diving brigade. Dumpster diving is legal in the United States except where prohibited by local regulation. According to a 1988 Supreme Court Ruling (California vs. Greenwood), when a person throws something out, that item is now in the public domain.

Want to know if you are safe? Innscor Kenya Limited trades in the Quick Service Restaurant, Convenience Retailing, Bakery Retail and Bakery Wholesale sectors of the Kenyan economy owns Chicken Inn, Pizza Inn, Creamy Inn, Baker’s Inn, Galito’s, Dial-A-Delivery and My Shop brands. All the eateries under their banner deliver orders via Dial a Delivery.

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