Saturday, May 26th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
The Electronic Privacy Information Center and Junkbusters Corp. filed a complaint with the FTC in December, after Amazon revised its policy and told customers it considered their information a company asset that could be sold if Amazon were to go out of business or sell a division.
That personal information includes names, shipping and billing addresses, credit card numbers and e-mail addresses. It can also include employers, gift wish lists, Social Security numbers and photographs for customers who taken advantage of special personalization features.
Amazon also removed an option that let customers decline sharing their personal data with marketing companies and retailers partnered with Amazon. Previously, customers could opt out by sending an e-mail.
Representatives from EPIC and Junkbusters complained that, under the new rules, those who had made that option could now have their personal information shared anyway.