January 31, 2002
Analyst: Microsoft passport investigation 'premature'
Author: JT Smith
NewsFactor Network writes, "An Internet advocacy group has urged U.S. state attorneys general to take immediate investigative action against Microsoft's Passport suite of services, charging the software company with improperly collecting personal user information and placing that information at risk online. In a letter sent to all 50 state attorneys general, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) outlined its charges against Microsoft's Wallet, Kids Passport, Hailstorm and .NET services. EPIC filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in July and August last year. The group said that because neither complaint was addressed by the FTC, it is now turning to the states for support."