E-Privacy's Foggy Bottom

privacy       2000-08-08 
Disturbing behind-the-scenes activity at Toysrus.com came to light last week: The company was whisking shoppers' personal information down an unmarked Internet side road to a little-known data-processing firm. As customers browsed and shopped at the toy retailer, third-party data-analysis firm Coremetrics was sucking name, address, and shopping cart information into its database.