GCT has often had some contests that we have never entered. But, somehow we decided to enter this contest, even though we've been on several river cruises and winning one would probably be a repeat, but we love them. So, I read the rules for entering this contest.
The requirement to enter the sweepstakes is that 1) we must enter through the Like on Facebook; and 2) we MUST enter our birth date.
In this day and age of identity theft I strongly object to entering that information on Facebook; I have joined Facebook but did not enter my picture, my age, my birth date, my high school, or any other personal information. I'm glad I haven't entered this personal info. Why? Because information boomerangs. One day I got an email from a family member that said our family picture was put on my Facebook page,and sure enough it showed a large picture with our names and the date we visited. Today, as I opened Facebook to look at GCT's Rules and Regulations for entering the Sweepstakes, I noticed in the outside ad column, a friend's name twice, that he had visited a Singles Site. I wonder if he knows that his personal use of the website he visited shared his info with Facebook friends. Maybe he doesn't want some of his friends to know this and didn't realize his info would be shared.. Facebook says they never share personal information with other companies.
Another time I had emails telling me I had notifications. Sure enough, there were comments from one family member to another that I considered great news but personal--but they had been also been posted on MY Facebook page that my family member had a notification. It's okay to share, but to ALL our "Friends" on Facebook.
I don't think GCT should be asking for applications for Sweepstakes on Facebook, and then to MUST include your birth date. I think that information can be requested at time of winning. This contest appears to be open to the public. Since I have not posted my birth date on Facebook, if I enter this information for the sweepstakes which must be done on Facebook, then my birth date will also be available to any and all. Since I get notices from other people whom I don't even know, but who know some of my Friends on Facebook, I'm sure someone whom I don't know, some unscrupulous person, may have access to my birthdate.
I feel cheated now, that I cannot (say "won't") enter this Sweepstakes contest since I won't allow my birth date to be entered on Facebook.
Does anyone else have any comments/thoughts on this? Previously GCT used to just use their website or have contestants send in written applications to enter their contests. .