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Company Responds to Lawmakers

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

August 19, 2011

Groupon has responded to a letter written by lawmakers inquiring about changes to the company's privacy policy and use of geolocation data, The Washington Post reports. In its response, the company clarified its privacy policy, broadened what it considers personal information and addressed questions about its use of data tracking. In a press release, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) said, "Because it is growing at such a fast pace, I fear for the potential misuse of customers' personal information as more partnerships are created." Groupon officials said they "understand that our customers can easily vote with their feet if they feel that we are not striking the right balance in all four areas--relevance, timeliness, respect for privacy and value." (Registration may be required to access this story.)        
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