Case in point: When an insurance company run by a guy named Stephen Sills, who donated money to Joe Lieberman last election ('nuff said about that) decides to use the dataloss rss feed of a site like attrition.org whose members spend hundreds, if not thousands, of hours scouring for news about personal data lost by the government, corporations and individuals without the site's permission there are going to be consequences.
Voila: All attrition.org had to do was add a story about that very violation to its rss feed to make it show up on the offender's site:
Darwin Professional Underwriters / Tech-404.com data loss circa 2007/04/14
Darwin Professional Underwriters is ripping off Attrition.org's Data Loss RSS feed without permission
You can see a screen capture here.
Darwin has apparently been promoting this new service of theirs via press releases and has been asked repeatedly by attrition.org to cease using the feed. I wonder if they underwrite insurance for pompous asses, because that's exactly how Sills' company is behaving.
It is survival of the fittest out there, as Darwin's name implies, and you'd think that a company with such a damn huge balance sheet could actually hire someone of their own to research dataloss instead of ripping off the volunteers at attrition.org if they thought that service was so valuable (which it is).
Then again, who ever said the insurance industry was ethical?
Bad form. Very bad form.