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what does this phrase mean and what does the author want to imply?Thx

Telemarketers, solicitors, even your bank! They
have way too much information! I like to keep everything on a need to know basis.

what does"need to know basis"phrase here mean and what does the author want to imply?Thx.

Feb 20, 2015 3:41 PM
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  True:  It means that someone or some group of persons is telling others only the bare minimum of information.


    Of course,  such a method can seriously handicap other people at a future time.

It shows a proprietory attitude (an attitude of owning information and keeping it mostly private). 

February 20, 2015

If I'm not wrong, "need to know" is a phrase used in the military/police force to classify data that requires certain clearance in order to obtain them. So when the author said "I like to keep everything on a need to know basis", I think he meant that he would like to keep his information secret from people unless these people require them for some official purposes. Hope this helps! :)

February 20, 2015

Great question.  Need to know is that a persons job responsibility requires knowledge of that information.  For example,   I was an officer in the Army.  Just because I was an officer with a security clearance, if I was not working on a project that required me knowledge of a fact I DID NOT have the need to know.  


With telemarketers they want to know all about a person to appear to be your friend when all they want to do is sell you something or take your money.   It is best to keep your information safe.   

February 20, 2015

I think it means that needs will bring inventions.

u know when you feel having lack of sth or require sth in ur life, undoubtedly do ur best to solve them and this requirement will expose u to a situation that it could help u to know the basis of that stuff throughout.

February 20, 2015

"need to know" basis.

This means; the information will only be given if you NEED to know it.

February 20, 2015
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