Wednesday 28 April 2004

Privacy Policy

I wish all privacy policies were written like this one:

Our privacy policy is very simple, and is based on the fact that the less we know about you, the better we can serve you. We collect your e-mail address, and store it in a high security data center. You control your information, and can delete it at any time. We do not share, trade, or sell your e-mail address. We do not collect any personal information. We do not use cookies, or web beacons, or web bugs, or adware, or spyware, or spam. We do not collect your IP address. We do not use Microsoft Passport. We do not support pop up ads. This privacy policy will change whenever we can think of more ways to protect your privacy.

The idea behind the service is that you should be able to use disposable information when interacting with different companies:

You send out a one-time e-mail address to Amazon.com when you buy a book. You use a one-time use credit card number that is never used again (attached, perhaps, to a Paypal account). You provide Amazon.com with a dummy home mail address.

Paypal knows who you are, but not what you bought or where you live. Amazon.com knows what you bought, but not who you are or where you live. Fedex knows where you live, but not who you are or what you bought.

The service is due to start in October. I think it is an interesting idea and there is even a demo of the My Privacy Policy Software on the website if you are interested in learning more.

via Techdirt

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