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Netflix Prize Sequel Cancelled Over Privacy Concerns 65

An anonymous reader writes "Netflix just announced that they have cancelled the sequel to the Netflix Prize, which was promised last year. Netflix made the choice after they were sued over privacy concerns. The prize involves releasing large amounts of data about users' movie preferences, which raised concerns from the Federal Trade Commission and a lawsuit from KamberLaw LLC. Netflix's Neil Hunt said, 'We have reached an understanding with the FTC and have settled the lawsuit with plaintiffs. The resolution to both matters involves certain parameters for how we use Netflix data in any future research programs.'"
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Netflix Prize Sequel Cancelled Over Privacy Concerns

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  • Re:Wow (Score:3, Informative)

    by fahrbot-bot ( 874524 ) on Friday March 12, 2010 @04:27PM (#31455946)

    ...you put the toilet paper roll facing away from the wall or towards it. For the record, it's away from the wall, you savages.

    Assuming "away" means "over", then you must not have pets. A kitten can easily unspool a whole roll like that. Having it facing the wall (or "under") prevents that.

    Perhaps that makes me a savage, but at least I'm a neat savage. :-)

  • by winomonkey ( 983062 ) on Friday March 12, 2010 @04:53PM (#31456316)
    I am curious which passport you have that includes your address. If I recall correctly, mine does not have an address in it. To verify, I looked to see what goes into a passport [wikipedia.org]:
    • Photograph
    • Type [of document, which is "P" for "passport"]
    • Code [of the issuing country, which is "USA" for "United States of America"]
    • Passport No.
    • Surname
    • Given Name(s)
    • Nationality [which is "United States of America"]
    • Date of Birth
    • Place of Birth (lists only the state followed by "USA" for those born in the United States)
    • Sex
    • Date of Issue
    • Date of Expiration
    • Authority
    • Endorsements

    No address. A passport will not tell your employer where you live. At best, they will know which state you were born in.

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