[website-critique] Re: Just some info...

  • From: "DesignWorks" <tchapman@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <websitecritique@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2002 16:26:08 -0500

Sorry Peter, for sending that from my other addy... wasn't paying
attention.. <don't even go there, Peter!!>  lol

Tee

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From: "Tee" <tchapman@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, June 01, 2002 1:43 AM
Subject: [website-critique] Just some info...


Got this from another list... and sure enough, my options were changed...
kinda like what Yahoo did a while back.

Just FYI

Tee

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If you have a Hotmail account - or if you've used Microsoft Passport - for
more than a month, there's something you need to check. Or, more accurately,
uncheck.

A small publication known as The Eastside Journal, based in Bellevue,
Washington http://www.eastsidejournal.com/sited/story/html/93127   ... ,
reports that Microsoft has taken, uh, liberties with your confidential
information.

A bit of history. Microsoft bought Hotmail in January 1998. It's still the
number-one location for free email: log on to www.hotmail.com and you can
send and receive email messages at no charge. Almost 120,000,000 people use
the system, worldwide. A couple of years ago, Microsoft hooked up Hotmail to
its Passport system. Variously known as Microsoft Passport, Windows
Passport, MSN Passport, and/or .NET Passport, all of the names refer to
Microsoft's giant central database of customer information.

If you want to use Hotmail, you have to sign up for a Passport - and in so
doing you're added to the Passport database. Microsoft Messenger requires a
Passport, too. Windows XP nags mercilessly, offering all sorts of goodies to
get you to divulge your name, address, age, phone number, and the like, as
grist for the Passport maw.

If you signed up for Hotmail - or anything else that uses Passport - more
than a couple of months ago, you may be in for a big surprise. It seems that
Microsoft changed the rules while you weren't looking. Unilaterally,
Microsoft may have granted itself permission to pass along your personal
information to other companies that use Passport on their Web sites. The
personal information includes your email address, your birthday, your
country and zip code, your gender and occupation.

Has Microsoft taken liberties with your data? There's an easy way to check.
Go into Hotmail. Click Options (to the right of the tab that says "Address
Book". Click Personal Profile (in the upper left corner). Scroll down to the
bottom of the screen and see whether the boxes marked "Share my e-mail
address" and "Share my other registration information" have been checked.

Those boxes didn't exist when I signed up for Hotmail, and chances are
pretty good they didn't exist when you signed up for it, either. I certainly
never gave Microsoft permission to hand out my email address - or my
birthday, gender or occupation. I'd rather be dipped in oil. Yet both of
those boxes on my personal profile were checked. I bet they're checked on
your personal profile, too.

Details are still murky, but it looks like Microsoft added those two check
boxes a couple of months ago, and did itself a big favor by checking both of
them for all of the Passport holders at the time.

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