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Friday, December 01, 2006

Agloco: Look Ma! No Spyware!

If you have read our "Agloco" post before and, like me, were skeptical about their business at first, a few people like Internet Mogul John Chow have questioned themselves about the security behind Agloco's viewbar. Is this thing spyware or not? Here's a comment that was posted on the EDition that clarifies things just a bit:

I couldn’t disagree more with the characterization of the Viewbar as spyware. In my experience, spyware has four main characteristics: 1) It’s installed without your permission; 2) It surreptitiously tracks you; 3) it is difficult if not impossible to turn off or remove; and, 4) it sends your information to an unknown and untrustworthy entity where you have no control over what happens to it.

AGLOCO’s Viewbar (nor AllAdvantage’s Viewbar before it) does not have those characteristics. Indeed, AGLOCO’s Viewbar is the opposite of spyware: you must actively install it, you have to turn it on in order for it to track you and earn your hours, you can easily turn it off and uninstall at will, and finally you know who’s tracking you and our Privacy Policy gives you explicit information about what happens with your data and how you can delete it from our system if you desire.

I know a thing or two about spyware: I was an expert witness in a series of twelve lawsuits in which I testified against one of the major perpetrators of spyware on the Internet. They actually hired me in part because of my experiences at AllAdvantage with permission-based and privacy-protecting advertising technologies like the Viewbar.

If you’re interested (or can’t sleep!) you can read brief excerpts from my 80-page expert witness report (the whole report is, unfortunately, under seal by the federal court). I submitted the excerpts when I testified at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Workshop on Spyware in 2004. My written materials are at: http://www.ftc.gov/os/comments/spyware/040319everett-church.pdf .

I hope that helps clarify things a bit more.

Ray Everett-Church
AGLOCO Chief Privacy Officer

Since we here, at [GAS], we're curious about Agloco, we decided to sign up and check out what these guys had to offer. Agloco offers a great opportunity for everyone to earn a nice little income with no risk involved at all. This business was started by a couple of stanford's MBAs and ex-Alladvantage founders, so there's really nothing to loose by signing up.

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  • That Ray Everett-Church dude has been internationally recognized as one of the best expert on privacy laws. Looks like serious stuff.

    By Anonymous Brian O'Connor, at 1:46 PM  

  • Just got that from privacyclue.com:

    Called the “dean of corporate privacy officers” by Inter@ctive Week Magazine, Ray Everett-Church is an internationally recognized expert on privacy law and Internet-related public policy. Joining the infomediary firm AllAdvantage.com in 1999, he became the world’s first Chief Privacy Officer, creating a position that would be hailed as one of the most important privacy developments of the year 2000. Since then, many companies — including IBM, Microsoft, Bank of America, AT&T and American Express — have followed suit, appointing their own chief privacy officers to manage their privacy issues.

    By Blogger Kiltak, at 2:01 PM  

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