I've been climbing climbing walls for over a decade. It's a lot of fun. But after moving to Utah recently, I find myself at a bit of an impasse. I can't find any place around here that has a climbing wall that will let you climb without filling out what they call "a waiver," except it's totally not a waiver. In every case, it's a big, long form requesting all sorts of personally identifiable information, including DOB, address, phone number, and email address.
I look at this information being requested, and here's what goes through my mind: best case scenario, I get put on a mailing list, which I don't want. Slightly worse: they sell that information to advertisers, which I definitely don't want. Worst case: the data gets stolen by hackers or a disgruntled employee, and sold to advertisers or identity thieves. (It goes without saying that I don't want this to happen either.) So there is no scenario in which I'm comfortable turning this information over.
Never in my life have I been asked to sign a waiver to climb a wall, let alone provide a huge amount of PII to go along with it. One of the places told me that it's a legal requirement. If so, it has to be local, as I've never run across it elsewhere in the US.
Can anyone confirm that 1) this legal requirement actually exists in the state of Utah, or 2) there's a different requirement (such as signing an actual waiver of liability, without requiring PII disclosure) and these are sleazy businesses trying to take advantage of it? It would really be nice to know what's going on here.