Sep 272011
 September 27, 2011  Posted by  Business, Online

Julia Angwin reports:

The Wall Street Journal revised its website privacy policy on Tuesday to allow the site to connect personally identifiable information with Web browsing data without user consent.

Previously, the Journal’s privacy policy stated that it would obtain “express affirmative consent” to combine personal data with “click stream information” culled from the website.

Read more on WSJ.

While I am pleased to see the paper call attention to the change through its own reporting, it is disappointing that the same paper that gave us the “What They Know” series would take a backwards step on user consent. Rather than achieving consistency across sites by making this change, why not change the other sites to make them more privacy-oriented?

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