This creeps me out

I just visited the official website for the Coen brother’s new picture, No Country for Old Men. I clicked on the trailer link and before they would let me watch it, they wanted to know if I was 17. So I filled in a fake name and zipcode, as usual, and picked a random birthyear, leaving “January 1″ filled in out of sheer laziness. Well, after several unsuccessful tries I read the small print, which said something like, “fill in your name, zipcode and birthdate as it appears on your state driver’s license or ID.” I was so stunned that I actually did so, and IMMEDIATELY, with no lag at all, up pops the trailer. (Looks like a damned good movie.)

This is freaking me out, and I don’t mean in a freak-dancing way, either. Let alone the fact that they can’t make a PG-13 trailer (the movie is so violent they probably couldn’t come up with enough blood-free clips) — who exactly is policing movie trailers on the internet? Who decided it was so important that they needed access to the actual state¬†(soon to be national, of course) ID database? Where else is this information going?

I’m feeling really big-brothered right now. Oh, I know, it was my choice¬† to watch the trailer. Well, next time I’ll just fill in somebody else’s name and birthdate. Heh-heh. That’ll show ‘em.

7 Responses to “This creeps me out”

  1. mooncat says:

    Super creepy! Is the Alabama Drivers License database for sale? Or do we just give it to movie types who say they need it to screen internet viewers?

  2. Zach says:

    Calm down!
    no one is accessing your ID database. they simply want you to choose SOMETHING to put in the display field. The script is probably just set to not accept the default answer. nothing super secret about it. Like the time i downloaded a program and when the license agreement came up, i just clicked “agree” and was shocked when an error msg popped up that read ” you must READ the terms of agreement!” I was astounded! how did they know i hadnt read it? well turns out, you just have to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and the program assumes that since you are at the bottom of the page, you’ve read everything. code trickery rather than espionage.

  3. Del says:

    No, Zach, I don’t think so. After the first try, I put in several different names, dates and birth years. No dice.

    You try. Sorry about the long intros – you can skip them.

    Here’s some more information about “red band” trailers, as they are apparently called. Learning all the time. Thanks to the folks at this blog, we can now log in with W’s name and zip code.

  4. Del says:

    And a little googling later – turns out lots of people are pissed about this. Smarter (more paranoid?) folks than me also point out that my Real Name is now linked with the computer’s ID, or IP, or whatever it is. Which will make it easier to track any P2P stuff. Not that anyone in my household, which includes two teenagers, is engaging in anything of the kind, of course.

  5. Kathy says:

    Creepy. Zach, you better not be looking at any porn — or worse, any anti-Bush stuff — on your computer. :)

    Seriously, this is creepy.

  6. And anti-Bush porn is Right Out!

  7. Kiki says:

    Yet another reason NOT to put your SOCIAL SECURITY number on your driver’s license!!!!!!! WHY do they ask for this? You do not have to have it on there–just say NO!!!! SS# is only for id for social security and NOTHING else. Not your school id number or your insurance policy number etc….It doesn’t belong on your state id either–I hope people are not exposing themselves to identity fraud through the movie website if they have unwittingly put their ss# on their AL DL.

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