Sunday, July 12, 2009

NY to Sue Tagged for Deceptive Practices

According to WebProNews, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has announced that his office intends to sue social networking site Tagged for deceptive e-mail marketing practices and invasion of privacy.

Cuomo charges that between April and June this year, Tagged sent millions of misleading e-mails to recipients stating that Tagged members had posted private photos online for their friends to view. In reality, the photos did not exist and the email was not from their friends. When the recipients tried to access the photos, they were required to become a new member of Tagged. The company would then gain access to their e-mail contacts and send more bogus invitations.

"This company stole the address books and identities of millions of people," said Attorney General Cuomo. "Consumers had their privacy invaded and were forced into the embarrassing position of having to apologize to all their e-mail contacts for Tagged's unethical - and illegal - behavior."

I actually received one of these e-mails, thought it odd I had to register, did not do so, contacted the sender, and was told it was a scam, as I had suspected.

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