Prepaid debit cards: usable for privacy anymore?

Roy M. Silvernail roy at
Thu Oct 29 10:30:47 PDT 2009

I've often heard that a rechargeable debit card is a useful tool for 
maintaining financial privacy.  But I looked at a number of such cards 
today, and all of them require an activation procedure that involves 
disclosing name, address and SSN.  Has the market closed ranks on KYC, 
or are there still cards that can be charged without associating with a 
meatspace identity?
Roy M. Silvernail is roy at, and you're not
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