Importance of Checking Privacy Policies Online

This blog post is guest-posted by The Unkown. A disgruntled infoproduct buyer and email list subscriber who found out that his information was sold to companies he never subscribed to receive offers from.

As someone who might be interested in affiliate marketing, you are probably always looking for new systems to look at, wanting to learn more, and maybe expand your reach of what you can do.

With all these systems though, always double check the Privacy Policy.

Securing privacy on the web

Are you checking the Privacy Policy?

Don’t forget the person you are buying from is in the world of Affiliate Marketing themselves, and they are looking to make money on you.

As an example, let’s take a look at some parts of the various ShoeMoney’s Privacy Policy

 Please note that you cannot unsubscribe from certain correspondence from us, including messages relating to your account transactions.

So by signing up, there will be things you cannot unsubscribe from, yet he doesn’t mention specifically what it is, just what it can include. Hmm… let’s look further….

 In addition, we often partner with third party companies, agents or contractors in order to offer joint promotions, advertisements, programs and marketing campaigns in which we believe our users may be interested. These companies are not permitted to use your personal information except for the purpose of participating in the partnership arrangement for which ShoeMoney engages them.

That’s nice. They often partner with third party companies, and they will share your share information with them. Thankfully at least ShoeMoney only let’s them use in the way he wants to, but again he doesn’t state what sort of arrangement could be formed and how your information could be used.

NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING SET FORTH HEREIN TO THE CONTRARY, SHOEMONEY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION (EXCLUSIVE OF ANY CREDIT CARD INFORMATION PROVIDED, IF ANY) FOR ANY LEGALLY PERMISSIBLE PURPOSE, IN SHOEMONEY’S SOLE DISCRETION.

And there’s the kicker. So any information you provide to ShoeMoney may be used in anyway they deemed reasonable within the scope of the legal system that has not been barred yet.

Think about all the ways somebody could use your information, legally.

Here’s a rhetorical question, not directed at anyone, but if a marketing system is so powerful, wouldn’t people be flocking to you? And if it so remarkable, you should be making hands over fists – then why do you need to make more money selling my information?