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FTC: Amazon Practices 'Deceptive'

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10:53 pm on May 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Bookseller Amazon and its Alexa Internet subsidiary probably deceived consumers when their Internet software secretly passed on personal information to the company, the Federal Trade Commission said.

But the FTC said it will not take any action against the online bookseller because one of the software programs in question the comparison shopping service zBubbles is no longer operational and Alexa has changed its stated privacy policy.

[washingtonpost.com...]

11:41 pm on May 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

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The reason why Alexa changed their privacy policy, by the way, is because last month they lost a class action lawsuit over their spyware browser download that was accompanied by a privacy policy that didn't spell out what was happening.

Read all about it, and note the packet-sniffer data cited at the bottom of the complaint:

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12:01 am on May 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

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.:::sigh:::.

Where does it all end??????

12:05 am on May 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

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It all ends with the end of greed :)
1:05 am on May 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

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>>>greed

Well I guess we're pretty much stuck with it all then ;)