HIPAA, Electric company style

So your power goes out, and after a few hours you call the electric company, and they tell you lots of people’s power is out, but that it helps to let them know where you live so they can get started on fixing it. They ask you twice for your phone number for some reason (this is all automated, of course, so you’re just punching in numbers), and then they say “For privacy reasons, only the first three numbers of your house number will be identified…If this number is correct, press 1.”

Are they trying to keep my own house number secret from me??

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