Friday, December 7, 2007

Report cautions consumers to look at online privacy policies

I thought this might be useful for readers being that it is the holiday season. A new report by, a project of the New York Public Interest Research Group, rates retail websites on how well their customers' personal information was protected.

AP details the findings:

The group reviewed the privacy policies of 484 online retailers in October and November, focusing on two aspects: how well customers were informed about how their information would be used, and how much control customers have over who has access to their information. and received screen door awards; sites that won steel door awards include, and was rapped because its privacy policy is "very technical and lengthy" and may be hard for people to understand, said Tracy Shelton, a consumer attorney with NYPIRG.

... was singled out because its policy says personal information may be transferred if the company is sold.

I did not see which companies it gave 'steel door' ratings to. I'll follow up on this post next week. To read the article in its entirety click here.

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