Friday, February 11, 2005

TRUSTe says FreeiPods.com not so trusty

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As reported by Engadget:

TRUSTe says FreeiPods.com not so trusty

We know that FreeiPods.com isn’t entirely a scam, in the sense that they have been sending out free iPods to people who manage to complete the offer and are able to sucker convince five friends to do the same, but if you felt uncomfortable with the whole thing before, we have some news that isn’t going to make you feel any better. Internet privacy certifier TRUSTe has done something it rarely ever does and asked Gratis Networks, the company behind FreeiPods.com (and many of those other free stuff sites), to remove TRUSTe’s privacy seal of approval from all of its sites, saying that the company “violated promises involving the protection of children’s information and changed how it managed the private information of its customers without adequately notifying them.” Plenty of people have complained about getting tons of spam after signing up for one of Gratis Networks’ offers, but this is the first time in at least two years that TRUSTe has brought down the hammer like this so we’re guessing they must have done something a smidge worse than just selling their email list. You get what you pay for, dude.

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