I've been applying for jobs and am surprised so many require so much personal information. For example on the initial job application they ask you for obvious ones such as your full name, email and telephone number. But I'm a bit uncomfortable giving out my home address and the phone number of where I currently work.
Also the privacy statement normally contains terms like they may share information with business partners or associated companies etc.
I understand eventually they need this information but I don't like giving it at the first contact. Can anything be done about this? Would it be a bad idea to give a false address or just the cross street(I would leave it blank but the website requires it to be filled out)?
EDIT: I only gave a few examples of personal info that companies collect on initial application. Other examples are, which school you went to, what grades you got, when did you graduate, what your relatives do for work, did you serve in the military, did you ever have a criminal offense etc.
Also by false address I meant more like an address you don't actually live at but still can receive mail, like a relatives address or current workplace.