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Tagged! You’re it! Would have been an appropriate tag line (bad pun, I know) for this social networking site. Tagged.com is facing a potential class action lawsuit, filed by to ladies in California, over allegedly illegal harvesting of their email contacts. This resulted in those contacts receiving unsolicited, misleading ads via email: the messages appeared as if they were invitations to join the online community. Can you say “deceptive business practices” and possibly even trespassing?
According to news reports, Tagged.com harvested millions of email addresses from consumers who were unaware they had joined the site. The lawsuit claims that this is in violation of the federal Stored Communications Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, among other laws. Even the Attorney General of New York—Andrew Cuomo—is going after them, citing invasion of privacy, engaging in a deceptive business practice and false advertising. I say Go Get’Em! One less source of unwanted advertising has to be a good thing.