Wall Street Journal's "cookie madness," and conflict of interest on privacy reporting

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8 Responses to “Wall Street Journal's "cookie madness," and conflict of interest on privacy reporting”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think the WSJ has become a tool of special interest so perverse – it should spank itself.

    A worldwide audience and a third world mentality.

  2. bobhughes says:

    i dont even bother trying to find free articles there anyway. it’s a neoconservative RAG

  3. BillBrazell says:

    Actually, Anon #3, it *is* true, and by the Journal’s own words:
    http://www.poynter.org/forum/view_post.asp?id=14107

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wait, what? I’m confused. WTJ collects, as everybody else, but they sell it?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Except it’s not true:
    From ASHLEY HUSTON, senior director of corporate communications, Dow Jones & Co.: Subject — Response from WSJ to Bill Brazell’s letter. WSJ.com does not sell personally identifiable information of its online users or subscribers, and to suggest otherwise is false and unsupportable. We do rent access to names and mailing address of our print subscribers only to other companies for direct marketing purposes, as has been a common practice among many publishers for decades. [Permalink]

    • wygit says:

      Wait wait wait!
      They don’t SELL the info, they only RENT IT?

      Do the ‘renters’ have to return the data, along with the gif image of a spider, when the rental period is up?

      ( http://www.27bslash6.com/overdue.html )

      That’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard in a while

      • jackbird says:

        Renting mailing lists is extremely common. It works like this:

        1. You rent a mailing list from the WSJ (or anyone else)
        2. They provide you with a list of acceptable mailing houses with whom they have big nasty nondisclosure contracts with sharp shiny teeth (or you suggest your own and they approve or don’t).
        3. You print this mailing house’s indicia (the thing that says “Presorted US postage paid, permit # XXX” instead of a stamp) on the envelopes (or they provide their own envelopes).
        4a. Your printer sends your mailpieces directly to the mailing house.
        4b. The WSJ sends a digital copy of the mailing list to the mailing house.
        5. The mailing house (possibly stuffs), addresses, and sends the mail, and pays the bulk rate postage to the post office on your behalf.

        At no time are you in possession of a digital (or physical) copy of the mailing list, and the only addresses you can glean are the ones that get returned to you as nondeliverable.

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