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    Ran into this software that calls CJ affiliate tracking code a spyware cookie and zaps them from the surfer's computer:

    http://www.pestpatrol.com/PestInfo/Q...are_Cookie.asp

    Just one more missile being fired at your attempts to earn a fair commission for your work.

    Haha, and then they offer an affiliate program for their software with a 30% commission and when you go to sign up you wind up at regnow.com who states in their privacy policy that they use cookies to track customers. But fat chance affiliates will collect when Pestpatrol offers a free download.

    How many of these things are out there? I just stumbled on this one looking for something else.

    Oh, and is there abuse potential for this kind of software to substitue their own affiliate code as they zap the original CJ cookie?

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    Gees! What next?

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    Thats why I shy away from those 3rd world affiluate networks who never check out looser merchant sites. Stay with the indies and larger network merchants where someone might listen to abusive merchants and check for non sales reporting.

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    Why doesn't CJ's legal team send a letter requesting a correction. What they post on their site seems to be factually in error and misreprents CJ and it's use of cookies.

    CJ? That's your 30% going down the tubes there... maybe you want to do something about it?

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    Because many rabid anti-privacy activists feel that 3rd party network tracking and the use of cookies amounts to the use of spyware.

    I think I made this same argument in the case of all adware not being spyware, although some persist in incorrectly labeling it as such.

    So get ready for a shock- many uneducated consumers feel affiliate marketers are the biggest propogaters of "Web Bugs" aka Web Beacons of 1x1 pixels and the use of "Cookies as Spyware".

    Of course we all know that CJ cookies (and other networks) are benign and do not profile users. The only exception being BeFree that offers profiling technology (that not many use) and one can clearly opt-out of. This is offered in a seperate technology package.

    Is the use of network or program cookies the same as spyware? Of course not.

    Do some consumers perceive it this way? Yes. Unfortunately they do.

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    I would add that PestPatrol also classifies Linkshare and BeFree as deploying "spyware cookies" as well- this is not just CJ specific.


    LinkShare referenced as deploying "spyware cookies"

    http://pestpatrol.com/PestInfo/L/Lin...are_Cookie.asp

    BeFree referenced as deploying spyware cookies

    http://pestpatrol.com/PestInfo/B/BFa...are_Cookie.asp

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    Okay, so then why don't the legal departments of CJ, LS and BF send letters to this company and demand they report the information properly?

    I'm not interested in what consumers perceive (in this case) because factually the CJ page (and I assume the LS and BF pages) that this company post is (are) in error.

    If a company is going to make a statement about it's product, it has a duty to report facts, not continue to spread rumours.

    And if they don't fix it, then the affiliate companies should file in court to get it changed. I realize that's probably more money than it's worth, but the problem is, if you don't go after these kinds of things in the beginning, then they spread. Witness scumware...

    And it seems to me, if CJ really does care about it's 30%, then it should be taking steps to protect it. (ditto for the other networks as well.)

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