Out to dinner the other night where my mate Tom (for want of a better name) tells me a rather interesting story. Seems he received an email from a friend of his a while back asking him to enter his details into that Plaxo contact thing. Since it was a mate he duly input name, address and date of birth. A couple of months later he receives an email from said friend wishing him happy wedding anniversary. Eh, thinks Tom, how does he know, I’ve never told him. Ah says friend, Plaxo told me.
So it appears that Plaxo has the ability to go off and scour the world for your personal details (marriage records for instance?) and distribute them to people without your knowing or agreeing. I find that sinister and underhand, and wonder if it isn’t a touch illegal in the UK under the Data Protection Act?
Anyway you have been warned.
Update: Hmm…sorry but this story appears to be totally bogus. My unreserved apologies to Plaxo for an honest mistake. See comments for more details.