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Does CNET violate its own policy

by TWB404 / September 3, 2011 10:41 AM PDT
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You know....
by gargamel360 / September 3, 2011 5:19 PM PDT

that there is already a sticky topic for this...this should probably be locked

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Not the same as sticky
by TWB404 / September 4, 2011 12:50 AM PDT
In reply to: You know....

If I had restricted the question to just the CNET secure download wrapper you would be correct. This question also involves CNET allowing the use of OpneCandy installer in programs downloaded from their site. After reading the second link I am going to go back and check a few more programs to see if they also violate their policies. OpenCandy clearly violates 2 of the policies and I will paste them below.

Software that serves intrusive advertisements through a Web browser, a
pop-up window, or Web sites outside the software's primary interface.

Software that includes or uses surreptitious data collection.

Software that collects and transmits information about end users or end
users' computer usage without adequate prior notification.

The first one we can debate all day long by the use of the words outside the software primary interface, but both installers clearly uses a pop up window to advertise by making a recommendation of another program.

OpenCandy clearly states in its FAQ that they collect data anonymously making it in violation of the next 2 lines in the policy.

How many people know that using either of these installers that they are opting into data collection. Do they open a window asking the person if they want a program recommendation and if they do that data will be sent and collected? I know they can opt out of toolbar, home page change, and search engine change. Are they given a opt out on anything else?

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by TWB404 / September 4, 2011 1:05 AM PDT
In reply to: You know....

After rereading your answer and rereading my question I realized that I need to clarify this sentence " They both make a clear statement that they collect data ". They do not make that statement during the installation process, the user has to take the time to read FAQ. That is where the problem begins, if they would admit during the install process that this is going to happen and then offer a op out I would not say a word. I have said this in the past, it is how they delivered this to the user that makes this a problem. The delivery screams that this is a problem.

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