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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Thou doth protest too much

Gotta love MDE. When it was brought to the attention of the world that the Republican's hate-teh-gay CD is spyware, the excuses and spin started in earnest.

1. Of course the Republicans are going to collect the data; what do you expect?

2. If you don't ask questions, tough luck.

3. Since it was done in open, it can't be secret, moonbats!

4. Some company might be doing something else so you are biased (?)

5. Since it hasn't been released yet, drawing conclusions from the samples handed out by Republicans to spread the word is faulty!

I do have to admire right-wing bloggers: what they lack in quality they make up for in quantity.

It doesn't matter if this isn't illegal (although I do have to wonder about whether there are any laws dealing with the collection of data from children, since this CD could easily fall into a child's hands). It doesn't matter if others have done it. None of this matters. What matters is that it is highly unethical to collect personal information without the consent and knowledge of the spied-upon. All they would have to do is provide some privacy policy or EULA in the very beginning that spells this out. Nobody reads those things anyway, and they would not have had any problems.

Whoever is in charge of this computer dealie for the Republicans should know better than this.


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