I Found Big Brother and His Name Is COMCAST
by benoddo - 4/25/05 11:42 AM
Has anyone read this April 14th article in Reuters?
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It is a story of a Seattle woman filing suite against Comcast for disclosing her contact information to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The RIAA then contacted a collection agency to go after this woman and collect $4,500 for downloading copyrighted music. This disclosure was VOLUNTARY on Comcast's part. No court issued an order to Comcast for the contact information on suspected copyright violators.
Granted, copyright infringement is illegal and until the RIAA, MPAA, and the courts wake up in the 21st century, file sharing of copyrighted material will remain illegal. But that does not address the flagrant disrespect Comcast has for its customers' privacy. It makes you wonder to whom, besides the RIAA, has Comcast forwarded your private information and/or surfing habits.
It's nice to know that after expending considerable effort to free my PCs from spyware that my ISP, Comcast, is behaving in a manner worse than any tracking cookie or data miner that was involuntarily loaded on my machines. I'll have to do the same thing to Comcast as I have with any other spyware on my systems.
[Edited by: admin]Edited link so reader wouldn't have to cut and paste URL. -Lee Koo CNET community