PRIVACY GROUPS OBJECT TO ASK JEEVES, ETOUR DEAL

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(May 25, 2001) -- Two privacy groups asked the Federal Trade Commission to declare Ask Jeeves' purchase of major assets of ETour a violation of consumer protection laws.

The groups object to the deal because ETour had a privacy policy promising not to share any information gathered with third parties. Ask Jeeves said it's not violating the policy because it will keep ETour operating and will give consumers the right to opt out before their information can be used in other ways.

Also this week, the House Judiciary Committee approved a "spam" bill after removing some controversial provisions. The bill approved would ban use of false return addresses and require warning labels for pornographic e-mail. -- Ira Teinowitz

Copyright May 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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