So a press release just crossed my digital transom, informing me that TRUSTe has just announced that HP, Intuit, and AOL "have been honored as the Most Trusted Companies for Privacy for 2007."
You gotta be kidding me. HP secretly spies on its customers, steganographically encoding invisible serial numbers and time stamps onto all of the documents they print without their knowledge or consent. And just a year and a half ago, AOL proudly published the search records of 650,000 users, many of whom were personally and embarrassingly identifiable, without their knowledge or consent. And Intuit's recent QuickBooks update accidentally deleted vital data on untold thousands of users' computers, irretrievably.
If these are the most trusted companies, I'd hate to see the least trusted ones.