Protection Of Consumer Information From Being Sold To Third Parties

EPIC and Junkbusters have sent a letter to state Attorneys General urging them to protect records of book purchases collected by Amazon.com. Under Amazon’s previous privacy policies, the company promised never to sell customer information, but Amazon.com reneged on this guarantee, and claims it can sell customer records as a business asset. The letter urges the Attorney Generals to uphold Amazon's promise to never sell personal information, to guarantee customer access to and deletion of records, and for Amazon.com to undergo an audit of its information practices. Amazon.com changed its privacy policy in September 2000, and EPIC severed its relationship with the company and filed a complaint with the FTC.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Has there been precedence in the arena of public access to book lists?
How do consumers avoid their information being given to third parties?

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