Gathering Personal Information Discreetly

Gathering personal information discreetly is a difficult skill to master. People are naturally guarded and it can be challenging to get past those defenses.


You can be liable for violating privacy laws if you collect personal information and later publish it. This is called intrusion upon seclusion. The collection of private information can be either direct or indirect.

1. Don’t be afraid to ask

It is important to be able to change the topic when you feel that someone may be prying into information that you would prefer to keep private. The best way to do this is to politely ask them to please “keep it confidential” or just “between us”.

You should never give out your personal information unless you are sure who you are dealing with and why they need it. Remember that crooks can pretend to be from legitimate businesses and companies, so it is essential to do your research before you share any information. If you are unsure, contact the company directly and ask them for their official policies on sharing personal information.