August 16, 2001

Want coffee? It'll cost ya

Author: JT Smith

ComputerNewsDaily: "Say you want to satisfy your caffeine cravings so you log onto
Starbucks.com to buy some coffee beans. But you won't be able to
unless you register with Passport, Microsoft's identity-verification
program.

Shoppers used to be able to buy coffee by simply providing a credit
card, but in May the e-commerce site required buyers to submit their
e-mail address and other personal data so that it could be verified by
Microsoft and stored in the company's database."

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