MrConsumer prides himself on being privacy insensitive (if a store wants to track my shopping habits, for example, fine). However, more and more marketers want access to either your Facebook or Twitter account to see what’s posted and who your friends are. And MrConsumer finds that invasive.
The latest example is a promotion by Wheat Thins promising you a free box. The catch: there are limited numbers of boxes available daily, and you have to sign up for it via Twitter. And it is not a matter of simply tweeting something to the company, but rather you have to give them access to your account.
While the things they are seeking to do any member of Twitter might be able to do, there is still something uncomfortable about giving the company permission to see who you follow and what you are interested in.
In additional fine print, however, there is a disclosure that explains how to stop them from doing this after you sign up.
“You can revoke access to any application at any time from the Applications tab of your Settings page.”
So you can register to get a free box at FlavorProtection.com , but don’t have to give up your privacy in return.