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CNET News.com: Intuit plugs leaks to DoubleClick

Mar 02, 2000, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sandeep Junnarkar)

"Information that users enter into certain financial calculators at Intuit's Quicken Web site has been seeping out to advertisers, but the company jumped quickly to plug the hole."

"The leakage was discovered by Richard Smith, an increasingly famous Internet security consultant, who said the problem is not limited to Intuit but appears at sites across the Web. So far, he has noticed similar problems at nearly 15 sites, including Travelocity.com and Buy.com. In October, Smith alerted Alta Vista that it was sending people's home addresses to DoubleClick, an Internet advertising firm."

"The leaks occur when a design glitch allows information typed into forms on the Web to be sent accidentally to companies that provide banner advertisements to sites on the Internet. Once again, DoubleClick finds itself at the center of the privacy storm."

" 'Because of its reach, DoubleClick seems to be the main recipient of this information,' said Smith. 'What troubles me is the fact that DoubleClick should notice this problem and be more proactive about getting sites to fix it.' "

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