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[vox] MS settles in passport suit

could be good for the "why not MS" archive:


what is passport?
passport is microsoft's new way of authenticating yourself to websites.
basically, you give microsoft your name, password, address, credit card
number and other personal info.  they store it on one of their servers,
and the info can be queried to make online "e-transactions" easier.

what happened
the FCC has determined that microsoft made lots of false representations
about the security of passport, collected more information than it
disclosed in its privacy policy, and implemented the idea using unfair
and deceptive practices.

what's the punishment?
microsoft had to promise to "never do it again".  they also promised not
to engage in unfair or deceptive practices.

what *i'd* like to know, is who would say "i trust microsoft to hold my
credit card and personal information in a safe and private manner"?


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