I am all for not having Congress think they knew about the internet…..
End Piracy, Not Liberty – Google
Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.. Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Sena…
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Interestingly, for a "TakeAction" page against a liberty-restricting bill, it's not really clear to me why they want your email address and zip code.
+Patrick Metzdorf yeh strange… but hey google is not evil…. 🙂
From the "How we use your information" page:
"Your first name and last initial may be published publicly as part of the petition to Congress. Your email address may be used to send you updates on SOPA/PIPA and other Internet policy initiatives. Your zip code is used to display the groundswell across the country and inform the appropriate members of Congress for your district and state. That’s it. Your personal information is in no way connected to any other Google services or Google account."
Which would be satisfying… if these fields weren't mandatory.
But no, you can't be a supporter, unless you tell them some useful information about yourself.
If I remember correctly you need to supply your email address, at least, for online petitions. It is your "signature."
For a moment I was hesitant at providing that information but I then remembered it's Google. They already have it. I am surprised that it did not give me a "single click" option. Like clicking a +1 icon.
Yep..everyone has all if our information…