A friend of Gothamist is going to Dubai next week for work. As part of his required paperwork, he has to fill out a registration form from the Consulate General. The form includes these questions:

DO YOU AUTHORIZE THE EMBASSY TO RELEASE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION TO YOUR AREA OR COMPANY WARDEN? ( ) YES ( ) NO

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRIVACY ACT PASSED BY CONGRESS IN 1974, THE EMBASSY CANNOT RELEASE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOU WITHOUT YOUR WRITTEN CONSENT.

I HEREBY AUTHORIZE THE EMBASSY TO RELEASE INFORMATION ABOUT ME TO : ( ) FRIENDS ( ) FAMILY ( ) MEMBERS OF CONGRESS ( ) PRESS ( ) GENERAL PUBLIC ( ) EMERGENCY CONTACT LISTED ON REVERSE.

The U.S. Embassy in Dubai