Ben Edelman examines software from coupons.com.
I recently examined software from Coupons.com. At first glance their approach seems quite handy. Who could oppose free coupons? But a deeper look reveals troubling behaviors I can’t endorse. This piece summarizes my key concerns:
- Installing with deceptive filenames and registry entries that hinder users’ efforts to fully remove Coupons’ software. Details.
- Failing to remove all Coupons.com components upon a user’s specific request. Details.
- Assigning each user an ID number, and placing this ID onto each printed coupon, without any meaningful disclosure. Details.