FTC blesses Amazon's privacy sleight-of-hand Privacy from Companies5/27/2001; 4:41:57 PM 'At issue was the company's sudden decision to cease allowing customers to opt out of having their personal details shared with marketing outfits and Amazon partners. Previously, customers could opt out by sending a blank e-mail message to 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.'The word 'never', the December petition reasoned, gave customers a reasonable expectation that their opt-out decision would be honored permanently. 'The FTC reply, dated 24 May by Commissioner Jodie Bernstein, regards this as a lot of theoretical nonsense.'I'd like to ditto the Reg's spin on the issue.