AOL email settlement–finally
“A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a deal calling for AOL to donate around $100,000 to five organizations, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, in order to settle class-action litigation about ads in emails.
If approved, the deal will resolve two class-action lawsuits by AOL members that complained about the company's former practice of placing ads in footers of emails. One lawsuit alleged that the ads were "annoying, confusing, intrusive and misleading," while the second alleged that the ads violated a federal privacy law.
AOL began inserting the footers in 2006. Two years later, the company decided to allow paying subscribers to opt out of the ads. The following year, AOL changed its policy to allow everyone to opt out of the ads. The settlement agreement allows AOL to start sending the footers again, but only if the company also provides opt-out links to all members.”