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Ipod assurance scheme withdrawn is not secret
Thu Feb 10 2005, 11:27
AN INTERNET privacy watchdog has withdrawn its endorsement of, an outfit that apparently is ready to give you a free music machine in return for some spam.

TRUSTe, the business community's guarantor of Internet privacy, claimed had carried out unspecified violations of privacy promises to consumers.

Because the watchdog had signed a non-disclosure agreement, it could not tell hacks from Mercury News exactly what Freeipods had actually done.

It did say that the company did not protect children's data and changed how it managed the private information of its customers without adequately notifying them.

The upshot is that Gratis Internet, who owns FreeiPods, can't display on any of its Internet properties TRUSTe's seal, which is intended to assure consumers that a Web site complies with privacy-protection guidelines. It is the first time the body has revoked a certificate in the last two years.

We wrote about the free iPod programme a while back - it's a little slow sending out machines We were told by its customers that those problems were all sorted out.

More at the Mercury News. µ


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