New York Attorney To Sue Tagged.com

Published on: Fri, Jul 10, 2009 , Updated on Fri, Jul 10, 2009
Tags: tagged.com, social networking sites
Courtesy: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com - 9th July 2009

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Looks as if the recent news paper articles on the spammy social networking sites have revived the spirits of many people around the world, and one among them is Andrew Cuomo, the attorney general of New York, who recently announced his intentions to sue http://www.tagged.com, a leading social networking site. According to the statement that was put out by his office, the company would be sued “for deceptive e-mail marketing practices and invasion of privacy.”

According to the report in NY Times Mr:Cuomo said  the site is illegally trying to attract new members by tricking visitors and making them provide their personal address books, which are later used by the company to send out invitations. These messages appeared like a friend’s invitation to view personal photos. 

“This company stole the address books and identities of millions of people. Consumers had their privacy invaded and were forced into the embarrassing position of having to apologize to all their e-mail contacts for Tagged’s unethical — and illegal — behavior. This very virulent form of spam is the online equivalent of breaking into a home, stealing address books and sending phony mail to all of an individual’s personal contacts. We would never accept this behavior in the real world, and we cannot accept it online,” continues Mr:Cuomo.

Through his decision Mr:Cuomo hopes to put an end to these practices.

NY times also reports that the website has temporarily stopped its e-mail marketing campaigns, after receiving complaints from users around the world. But Mr:Cuomo’s office has estimated that the website has already sent more than 60 million emails to people all over the world.

The chief executive of the website Greg Tseng has posted a response to Mr:Cuomo on the company blog. He says, “Today’s announcement by New York Attorney General Cuomo is disheartening. Identify theft and invasion of privacy are very serious allegations and it is not accurate to portray Tagged, or any other social network, in this regard.”

Mr: Tseng said that the company had stopped the usage of new registration forms, as it confused certain users. This was done long back. “In no instance did Tagged access a person’s personal address book without their consent and no emails were sent without the person giving us permission,” continues Mr: Tseng.

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