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Claria/Gator VP Appointed to DHS Data Privacy Committee

So, Claria (aka Gator) Vice President D. Reed Freeman, Jr. has been appointed to Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Committe. What a joke! Claria has no interest in privacy, their business model is built around fucking spyware.

Claria Press Release from PR Newswire
News.com Article

This is so blatantly stupid that I had to write to my Senators and Representative. It probably won't do any good, but sometimes you just have to let the folks in D.C. know what's really going on.

Dear [Senator],

I must strongly urge you to object to the appointment of Claria Vice President D. Reed Freeman, Jr. as a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Committee. Claria, formerly known as Gator Systems, is the most pervasive purveyors of computer spyware in the industry.

As a computer security professional, I can tell you that Claria/Gator has no interest in consumer privacy. Their primary concern is sneaking spyware onto unsuspecting users systems and collecting statistical data which they then sell to their corporate customers. Claria software is installed without user consent, often using current security holes in Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

It is a complete farse that a representative of Claria should be appointed to DHS Data Privacy committee. This appointment will only hurt the already shabby credibility of the DHS.