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There are organizations on the Internet offering "free services" such as Internet acceleration or email virus scanning. Some of these organizations have loosely defined Privacy Policies allowing them to harvest and share information, which is considered to be personal and highly sensitive by Internet users.

Such organizations ask unsuspecting users to configure their browsers to cause all web traffic, including sensitive encrypted secure traffic to be decrypted and passed through and captured by that organization's servers. The information is then forwarded on to its intended destination. Hence, information that is thought by the end user to be inaccessible and private to everyone but the intended recipient is collected and may be shared with intermediaries and unnamed third parties.

Such organizations rely upon the fact that many Internet users do not understand the methods employed by these organizations or that users too quickly peruse Agreement Terms without reading the fine print of the Privacy Policy. This is a dangerous situation, made worse by the fact that once installed, such software has been designed to fail upon uninstall, leaving a "back door" to future communications, which are assumed to be private.

One such organization following this business model installs its own "trusted" certificates so that it can intercept secure (SSL) connections made by the user's PC.

It is important that Internet users be aware of Internet companies that use technology to intercept encrypted communications and have full access to end user's personal information and have obtained user's acceptance to share information with third parties.


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