Some people may scoff at the idea that
Gator Claria has a "Chief Privacy Officer," considering that the only reason the company is as successful as it's been is because it's been able to sneak its software onto unsuspecting users' computers, watch what they do, and bombard them with ads. However, even more surprising is the idea that such a Chief Privacy Officer would then be trusted by the government for objective advice on data privacy. However, that appears to be exactly what's happened. Salon is reporting that Claria's Chief Privacy Officer has been appointed to Homeland Security's "Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee." You would think there would be better people for such a post. Is Homeland Security going to be installing spyware adware on our machines next? Update: News.com has more details.
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