Passport is Out

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  1. drastik macrumors 6502a

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  2. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    can we get at least some of the article here? gotta be a member at nytimes

    which i signed up for a while ago. but you know, i forgot my password and whatnot.....

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  3. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    Hehe nice. Another sign of how stupid Microsoft is.. hehehe. Though I do feel sorry for those who signed up for .NET (naw, not really :p )




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  4. drastik thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    sorry bout that

    Here's the whole article, its short, so you don't need to register:



    Microsoft Settles With Federal Regulators Over Privacy Charges
    By REUTERS


    Filed at 12:47 p.m. ET

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O) has agreed to settle charges by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that the software giant exaggerated the security and privacy features of its Passport Internet identification service, the agency said on Thursday.

    Under the terms of the settlement, Microsoft will be prohibited from future misrepresentation of Passport and must create a new security program that will be certified every two years by an independent monitor.

    The Passport service stores users' passwords and credit card numbers on Microsoft computers to make Web surfing easier. It was introduced last year as part of .NET, a much-touted effort to move Microsoft into Internet services.

    Privacy groups, led by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, asked the FTC to investigate Passport last summer, saying it would give the software giant unprecedented control over Internet users' personal information.

    Among the FTC's complaints was that Microsoft had falsely represented that Internet purchases made with Passport Wallet were generally safer from theft than purchases made at the same site without Passport Wallet.

    But ``in fact, most consumers received identical security at those sites regardless of whether they used Passport Wallet to complete their transactions,'' the FTC said in a statement.

    Microsoft had also said Passport did not collect any personally identifiable information, apart from that described in its privacy policy when it actually collected and held information about how customers used Passport.

    Microsoft will pay no fine as part of the settlement but could be liable for substantial fines in the future if it does not comply with the agreement, the FTC said.

    ``Good security is fundamental to protecting consumer privacy,'' said FTC Chairman Timothy Muris.

    ``Companies that promise to keep personal information secure must follow reasonable and appropriate measures to do so. It's not only good business, it's the law,'' said Muris.
     
  5. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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