September 6, 2005
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This week's hot topic:
Is ZabaSearch’s new blogging tool an invasion of privacy or a useful way to obtain information? After reading Elsa Wenzel’s recent blog entry, you had plenty of interesting opinions to share.
New kind of identity theft
CNET member esf38 is alarmed at all the fraudulence that ZabaSearch's new tool could create. He's asking for any suggestions on how to better monitor the site's practices.
Read esf38's full post in CNET TalkBack
No more witness protection?
CNET member Moonlight wonders about those who are trying to hide their address from stalkers or other dangerous people. Could ZabaSearch be opening the door to criminal activity?
Read Moonlight's full post in CNET TalkBack
By permission only
As a victim of identity theft, CNET member nolemmings feels that ZabaSearch can comprise a person's safety and privacy. He feels users shouldn't have to "opt out" just to keep their contact information safe and sound.
Read nolemmings's full post in CNET TalkBack
Do you think ZabaSearch's new blogging technology is a helpful tool or a lawsuit waiting to happen? Read "Let your fingers do the gossiping" and speak up!
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