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Thursday, May 27, 2004


did the Dean campaign sell their user data?

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, May 27, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I had registered for Deanlink during the campaign. My registration data, and friends' lists through the Dean Commons, did not stay there. . It seems that Deanlink's data has found it's way into this new site,, intact. If you registered for Deanlink, you are probably in plink's database as well.

This is really somewhat disturbing. What did the Dean campaign do with the contact information of people who donated through our site? What else did the campaign sell? How many privacy concerns does this raise?

UPDATE: the campaign did not sell the data, thankflly. But there are still some proivacy issues here - check out this subsequent post for more details.


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