I’ve noticed a trend for online address books, such as those offered by Plaxo or Bebo. I consider these things to be the devil.
It is possible that as we continue to develop our website and our business, Bebo’s service and/or related assets might be acquired. Notwithstanding any provision in this policy to the contrary, in event of a merger or acquisition, your personal information may be transferred to the acquiring entity, and become subject to the acquirer’s data practices.
Do you know what this means? No? Well, I do, and I shall tell you. It means:
“If we go out of business, we will probably be bought by a spammer, who is only interested in our magnificent database of email addresses.”
Devil, I tell you.
Annoying as they do offer a valuable service. I don’t use it of course because I think their implementations are shoddy and I don’t trust them.
However the idea of a way of changing your own contact details, and having it update everyone who has you as a contact, is something useful.
Hate to tell you this, Pete, but you’ll find a similar clause in pretty much any contract which you undertake with any service provider – BT and the gas man included. Even my contracts include that clause. I guess it comes down to whether or not you want to use the service and whether you want to take the risk with your personal data. Personally, I use Plaxo and find it reasonably useful.
Pete – I’m the Privacy Officer here at Plaxo. I can’t speak for any other servics, but I can tell you how Plaxo operates.
– Your Information is your own and you decide who will have access to it.
– You maintain ownership rights to Your Information, even if there is a business transition or policy change.
– You may add, delete, or modify Your Information at any time.
– Plaxo will not update or modify Your Information without your permission.
– Plaxo will not sell, exchange, or otherwise share Your Information with third parties, unless required by law or in accordance with your instructions.
– Plaxo does not send spam, maintain spam mailing lists, or support the activities of spammers.
You can also find a comparison of Plaxo’s privacy practices against other popular Internet services on our web site.
The truth is: For US-based companies such as Plaxo, Privacy Policies are binding legal agreements that stay with the information it was collected with.
I hope this helps. If there is anything else that concerns you regarding Plaxo, please let me know.
Plaxo Privacy Officer
privacy @t plaxo.com
yikes. they’re watching you, pete.
I’ve done a bit of Googling, and I’m definitely not the only person with this anti-Plaxo sentiment. And on pretty much all occasions, Stacy picks it up in her referral logs within a few hours, and responds with something very similar to the above.
I wonder how she manages to get it all done. Or, perhaps, and here’s a conspiracy theory, there are a million people at Plaxo who all pretend to be Stacy. Maybe they are even clones. Dressed in white plastic.
I should add a 😉 to make it perfectly clear that the above was a joke.
No-one should ever need to add a 😉