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Why I don’t support DZone

2010 February 25
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by Eddie

I have had more than a few friends and websites point me to DZone as a source for articles and reference material.
I love the idea of free PDF cheat-sheets for just about any language or technology, but there is a major “gotcha“:

Postal addresses, and other personally identifying information and data, will be used to promote DZone and other DZone companies products and services, and may be rented and/or licensed to selected outside firms for promotional purposes. Offers for which the personally identifying information and data are rented and/or licensed for use and the users are required to target their offers carefully.

Telephone numbers of DZone users may be used by DZone, affiliates and it’s advertisers for promotional purposes. DZone may rent and/or license for use phone numbers to selected outside firms for promotional purposes. Offers for which the numbers are rented and/or licensed for use are required to target their offers carefully.

When you provide your email address to us, you agree to receive email from DZone and its sister DZone companies. We allow users to “opt-out” of receiving email from outside firms, however, when email information is collected and with each email use of the user’s address you can individually “opt-out” of receiving further e-mail from outside firms, DZone and its sister DZone companies. If a user does not choose to “opt out” at the time the email address is collected, or does not respond to the questions concerning how we may use their email address, the address may be rented and/or licensed for use to outside firms.

That is taken directly from DZone’s Privacy Policy, and although not illegal by any means, is a major nuisance nonetheless.

Translation: DZone reserves the right to earn income (in addition to the advertisements) by adding your private information to mailing lists and call lists.  Anyone who has been added to a list like this in the past knows the drill — once you get on one, your information gets passed around like a dirty dollar bill.  Soon you’re receiving mailers for credit cards, and phone calls for auto warranties.   Super!

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