Thursday, August 08, 2002

microsoft settles with the ftc

A settlement was reached today between Microsoft and the FTC involving statements made by the company about security and their Passport Single Sign-In, Passport "Wallet", and Kids Passport programs. The complaint does a good job of enumerating the problems with representations made describing those systems.

The consumers' groups that were instrumental in bringing this action forward include:

Center for Digital Democracy,
Center for Media Education,
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility,
Consumer Action,
Consumer Federation of America,
Consumer Task Force for Automotive Issues,
Electronic Frontier Foundation,
Junkbusters Corporation,
Media Access Project,
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and

Most of these groups are fighting many other battles. It's worth a visit to their sites to see where and how else they are involved.