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Paying for Your Privacy

As The Associated Press reports, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer sued an Internet company yesterday for selling consumers' e-mail addresses, calling it the biggest deliberate breach of Internet privacy ever. But as The Wired GC notes, your professional and business colleagues may also be profiting from your personal information. 

It seems the Web company Jigsaw wants your contact information so badly, it is willing to pay for it. The Wired GC picks up on this post from TechCrunch:

"Unlike competitors like Hoovers and InfoUSA, which gather company information by semi-legitimate means such as scouring SEC filings, cold calling companies and asking for information, and reviewing other public documents, Jigsaw simply pays people to upload other people’s contact information. Users are paid $1 for every contact they upload, and some users have uploaded information on tens of thousands of people."

The Wired GC advises: "Watch out who you send an Outlook vCard to."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 24, 2006 at 10:59 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)


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