- Rudder.com accidentally gave its customers' data away
- Mint.com is thinking about selling its customers' data
- Google wants to hold on to its custmers' data longer
In Day of Reckoning for PFMs?, @mikelinskey reports an apparent problem where the PFM site Rudder.com was (still is?) e-mailing confidential account information to the wrong customers (as well as getting their balances wrong as a result). (The story was subsequently picked up by TechCrunch, as well as by NetBanker.)
Rudder.com was presumably sharing its customers' data by accident (if one can euphemise it in that manner), but ReadWriteWeb then picked up on a report from Bloomberg that Mint.com is considering monetizing (selling) the aggregated data it has collected about and from its customers. Although the aggregated data is supposedly anonymised, the ReadWriteWeb post points to further work demonstrating how easily and accurately personal data can be reattributed.
And finally, the BBC reports that Larry Page has argued against the European Commission's plans to force Google to ditch the data it collects about its users after 6 months, saying that this would reduce Google's ability to spot and map pandemics (Page was demo-ing how Google had been able to spot the like the Mexican Swine 'Flu pandemic ahead of the authorities).