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Debunking Zango’s "Content Economy"

I examine Zango’s media library. I find widespread copyrighted videos presented without any indication of license from the corresponding rights-holders. I also find widespread sexually-explicit material, including prominent explicit material nowhere … → Read More: Debunking Zango’s "Content Economy"

Coupons.com and TRUSTe: Lots of Talk, Too Little Action

Coupons.com continues to use deceptive filenames and registry keys that falsely indicate they’re part of Windows — some 6+ months after I uncovered this practice. Although TRUSTe last month announced that Coupons.com had stopped these practices, my t… → Read More: Coupons.com and TRUSTe: Lots of Talk, Too Little Action

Delaying Payment to Deter Online Advertising Fraud

I introduce an alternative method of fraud prevention for certain online advertising systems. By delaying payments, a merchant or network differentially harms bad affiliates (who rightly worry they may get caught) without unduly harming good affiliates… → Read More: Delaying Payment to Deter Online Advertising Fraud

Critiquing C-NetMedia’s Anti-Spyware Offerings and Advertising Practices

I examine anti-spyware software from C-NetMedia. I show deceptive advertising for C-Net’s products, including product names, ad text, and web site designs that falsely suggest affiliation with security industry leaders. I examine C-Net’s use of many d… → Read More: Critiquing C-NetMedia’s Anti-Spyware Offerings and Advertising Practices

Sears Exposes Customer Purchase History in Violation of Its Privacy Policy

I show that Sears’ ManageMyHome site provides detailed customer purchase data without effective security measures. → Read More: Sears Exposes Customer Purchase History in Violation of Its Privacy Policy

The Sears "Community" Installation of ComScore

I critique a Sears installation of ComScore software without meaningful notice or consent. I present the entire installation sequence in screenshots and video, then explain why the limited notice falls far short of applicable FTC standards. I also sho… → Read More: The Sears "Community" Installation of ComScore

A Closer Look at Coupons.com

I examine software from Coupons.com. Key findings: Coupons.com disguises some of its key files to make them look like they’re part of Windows. These files stay on disk even if a user requests removal of Coupons.com. Coupons.com prints a user ID on e… → Read More: A Closer Look at Coupons.com

Zango’s Compliance Problems

Despite Zango’s 2006 settlement with the FTC, Zango continues behaviors exactly contrary to what the settlement specifies — including installations lacking out-of-EULA disclosure of Zango’s material terms, and including unlabeled ads that don’t tell u… → Read More: Zango’s Compliance Problems

ComScore Doesn’t Always Get Consent

I describe multiple recent ComScore RelevantKnowledge installations that occur without user consent. I provide video proof of one such installation. I compare these installations with applicable law and with TRUSTe Trusted Download rules. → Read More: ComScore Doesn’t Always Get Consent