Posted by: macintoshsisters | June 2, 2007

Apple criticized for embedding names, e-mails in songs

Apple criticized for embedding names, e-mails in songs
By Greg Sandoval

update It used to be that music fans believed cryptic messages about Satan or the death of a band member were hidden within rock albums.

Nowadays, the secrets buried in digital music are way too easy to find, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The consumer watchdog group, which focuses on the Web, claims Apple has left information belonging to customers of the new iTunes Plus service exposed. Music purchased from iTunes Plus is embedded with unencrypted customer names and e-mail addresses.

Apple has for a long time included a customer’s name and e-mail address within song files purchased from iTunes, according to Fred von Lohmann, an EFF attorney. But the personal information was encrypted, he said. On Wednesday, the company launched iTunes Plus, a service that features music without controversial copy-protection software.

Full article at cNet


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