Spyware Scum Appointed to Homeland Security Board

Kevin Aylward passes on word that “the company formerly known as Gator (now Claria) has been appointed as a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Advisory Board.”

Unless this is a ruse to get them out of hiding so they can be summarily shot, I’m confused.

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  1. PoliArt says:

    I’m in agreement here. Gater is one of the most intrusive spyware programs on the market and it is hidden in a ton of software.

  2. Kathy K says:

    I’d be a good bit happier if they’d been appointed a member of a ‘how do we spy on them more effectively’ board…

  3. Sherri says:

    “Another works for a conglomerate whose subsidiary turned over personal records of airline passengers to a government contractor.

    “A third works for a defense contractor from which thieves stole personal information on thousands of employees, making them vulnerable to identity theft.”

    Privacy Advocates Criticize Homeland Dept. – Las Vegas SUN