Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
Douglas Spencer

Paging Stacy Martin

Stacy Martin, plaxoprivacyguy, an employee of Plaxo, trawls through blog sites and adds comments to posts such as mine, repeating over and over again how Plaxo's privacy policy allows members to correct or remove their own information.

I'm not a member, I have no rights to remove anything from the Plaxo databases, and I didn't consent to have my contact information stored there. I have no control over what Plaxo do to my contact information, and no contract with Plaxo through which I can pursue the matter.

I could write about this at length, but some one else did so here (scroll down to comment number 15).

plaxoprivacyguy hasn't addressed any of these concerns. I welcome some clarification on these specific points.

For convenience I repeat the full text here.

I made a mistake
I'm not worried about me, I'm worried about my friends

I agree removing MY personal information is possible. Plaxo certainly at least TRIES to address that concern.

What I want to do though is remove all of my FRIENDS' personal information that was sent to their server through my thoughtless and careless act of installing Plaxo.

Sure, I can remove my 1 lonely email, but what about the 500 emails they just sucked off of me? Of friends, coworkers, and random customers I helped during tech support emails? How sorry I feel for them now that they are on perhaps the largest spam list ever created. Not just their emails, but their telephone numbers, their home addresses.

And not everyone can defend themselves by opting-out (request their own data removed), since I was "smart enough" to send only one test email to one poor soul. No one else on my list knows that they are now on the largest spam list ever created.

There's no obvious way to clean up the damage and I'll bet $10 million in venture funding that Plaxo won't give up the information so easily. That's their backup plan. If they run short on money and need a little extra, what's the easiest, most valuable thing they can do? SELL YOUR INFORMATION.

They can make all the promises they want, but the most valuable assets of this company are the 30 million valid emails, cell phone numbers, and home addresses they have in their database. There is no way a potential buyer of Plaxo would ever allow that information to be erased.

Imagine what's in the db right now. Some secretary decides to install Plaxo on her work machine. It uploads the entire company's contact information (Genentech for example), including the cell numbers of every executive. What Oracle DB sales guy wouldn't love access to that database? How much would he be willing to pay? Multiplied by the number of sales guys at Oracle? Now you're understanding the value of information.

Don't use Plaxo. Plaxo is evil.

plaxoprivacyguy, some specific questions for you to answer there. Your habitual response doesn't answer the questions.

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