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

  • From: "Peter" <lists@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <websitecritique@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Jun 2002 21:45:14 -0400

I won't! :-)

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Peter


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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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