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Minyanville’s Absurd Privacy Policy

I was doing some research for an upcoming article about Every Day Low Prices, and ran across some information on Minyanville.com.  At first I was disgusted with their obtrusive and ridiculous ads.  But then a video featuring Josh Lipton started, automatically.  Even though I was annoyed at the auto-starting video, I thought the content was not only informative, it was astonishingly entertaining!

I proceed to sign up for a Minyanville account so that I could comment on the video.  Knowing their ads were out of control, I thought it would be best to read their privacy policy before I decided which E-mail address to divulge. I am glad I made that decision! Minyanville’s privacy policy is absolutely absurd! Check out these three segments:

Personal Information

We will not sell or rent your personal information.

We may share your personal information with third parties solely for the purpose of providing services to you.

As we develop our business, we may buy or sell assets or business offerings. Customer, email, and visitor information is generally one of the transferred business assets in these types of transactions.

Their privacy policy starts out stating they wont share your personal information what-so-ever.  Then it states they may share it.  Finally it says, they may actually end up selling it. Unbelievable.

In case they decide to change it at a later date, here is a PDF of their privacy policy.

  1. February 25, 2010 at 7:40 PM


    We’ll have to check and see where that privacy policy is linked as it appears to be an old one (you’ll notice the 2007 date) as well as a combination of a few different things. I can see where the confusion comes from and as you note, that form does seem absurd.

    Here is the privacy policy as it stands on our site and as it has for some time now: http://www.minyanville.com/company/privacy.htm

    We’ll have to make sure that’s linked appropriately on all parts of the site. However, I can tell you that we have never sold nor rented any personal information to anyone – a rare thing in our industry – nor do we intend to. The shared third party information is in the aggregate such as demographics.

    Please feel free to contact us with any further questions, but thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    Bill Meehan
    G.M., Subscription Products
    Minyanville Media, Inc.

  2. March 13, 2010 at 9:09 AM
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