Cox Marketing Dept. Gives DoubleClick Your Private Account Information...

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by catseyenu, Jul 1, 2003.

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  1. catseyenu

    catseyenu Registered Member

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    Received a spam today entitled "Cox Communications E-Newsletter".
    I have asked Cox to not include me in any of their mailings (read opted
    out).
    Being suspicious that this was a scam I ran the headers through SpamCop, lo
    and behold it was from DoubleClick, the bastids!
    Called Cox and after over an hour of being passed around I finally get
    confirmation that Cox is using DoubleClick for their mass mailings and has
    given them my private account information and in spite of me opting out.
    Is this legal?

    ~cat~
     
  2. Dan Perez

    Dan Perez Retired Moderator

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    I cannot answer to the legality but it is definitely a major blunder on their part. However, a good number of e-Commerce sites that have Double-Click arrange the ads feed off the email address of registered frequenters of the site to Double-Click. I think, though, that this normally happens when you register on the site to get your "personalized" page (an ironic use of the term, you must admit).

    Regards,

    Dan
     
  3. catseyenu

    catseyenu Registered Member

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    This is a case of the fox guarding the hens, my private information (read parent account) handed over to DoubleClick!
    This is incredible. :eek:
     
  4. Dan Perez

    Dan Perez Retired Moderator

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    Yeah, when I first read about this I was shocked as well. I think if more people knew of it there might be sufficient impetus to prompt legislation to counter it but as it is <shrug> :doubt:
     
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