Yesterday, I saw an article on ZDnet that I thought I’d comment on. So I clicked the feedback button. Turned out that in order to add any feedback, one had to register for ZDnet. This did not just involved the usual request for an email address, which is then verified, but also involved a request for a lot of other information. More than should be required just to provide feedback. As part of the “registration”, users are also asked if they wish to subscribe to certain emails newsletters. By default, certain ones are prechecked. I unchecked everything and then registered. Just one day later, I’ve already started to receive unwanted emails. It seems that there are other newsletters that new users are automatically subscribed to unless they log into their account and uncheck further boxes. Come on. If users provide information, including emails address, for one purpose or sign up to perform a specific task, that information should not be used for other purposes without explicit consent. Users should not be subject to reading long privacy policies each time they sign up for something new.