June Williams reports:
To compete with Facebook, Classmates.com is abandoning the privacy protections it promised its clients, according to a class action in Federal Court. The class claims the new policy “will expose the personal information of Classmates users to millions of persons who are unknown to both the users and to Classmates,” exposing Classmates customers to “unwarranted intrusions, harassment and other harms.”
On Jan. 30, Classmates sent this notice to its customers:
“To make it easier for old friends-including you!-to reunite, we’re coming up with ways to let more people use Classmates from around the Internet without having to visit Classmates.com.
“To do that, we’re about to start making your public Classmates content available to people using a variety of sites and devices, including Facebook and the iPhone. This content can include your name, photos, community affiliations, and more.