Adware maker joins federal privacy board

http://news.com.com/Adware+maker+joins+federal+privacy+board/2100-1028_3-5587653.html

The Department of Homeland Security has named Claria, an adware maker that online publishers once dubbed a “parasite,” to a federal privacy advisory board.

An executive from Claria, formerly called Gator, will be one of 20 members of the committee, the department said Wednesday.

“This committee will provide the department with important recommendations on how to further the department’s mission while protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information of citizens and visitors of the United States,” Nuala O’Connor Kelly, the department’s chief privacy officer, said in a statement.

Claria bundles its pop-up advertising software with ad-supported networks such as Kazaa. Recently, the privately held company has been trying to seek credibility by following stricter privacy guidelines and offering behavioral profiling services to its partners.

Groan

Thats wretched.

Jesus.

Edit, because it had to sink in for a bit: JESUS. It’s a PRIVACY board, and the company only exists to make SPYware. Christ.

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